Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Downloader beware!

I've been seeing a lot of links to a tool for Pandora called Pandora's Jar (no, I'm not going to link to it). The tool is for saving the Pandora streams to MP3. Sounds good doesn't it? A little too good. Some quick perusing on Pandora's ToS shows this as a violation:

3.1 use the Pandora Services to reproduce copyrighted materials;

3.2 copy, store, edit, change, prepare any derivative work of or alter in any way any of the tracks streamed through the Pandora Services;

3.6 circumvent any technology used by Pandora or its licensors to protect content accessible via the Pandora Services

Just in case you were in doubt to my legal skills I also asked the folks at Pandora for comment:
No. We have specific licenses that allow us to play copyrighted music.
Downloads like the link you sent copy the music as it plays; highly
illegal like the Napster issue.

It is entirely against our Terms of Service. We do attempt to thwart
downloads like this on a regular basis with updates to our site.

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