So here I am, listening to some music on the radio and the presenter gives out the address of the band website.
I think “great I might be able to buy their album” so I go to the address, click on the buy album then lo and behold there is an Amazon link.
Now I’ve got credit in the Amazon store, so I figure to buy the mp3 album through the store… do you think I could? Being that I’m located in Australia?
No… no I couldn’t.
Now before anyone yells at me for ‘being ignorant of international copyright laws’, I’m not. That said, it is an Australian band I was listening to. An Australian band I wanted to buy the album of and an Australian band that has made their music available to purchase.
I am so sick of being chastised for not living in the US by companies that either ignore or blatently refuse to deal with the complexities of international copyright laws.
Is it so hard to add a process for international customers to easily navigate the red tape? What about allowing the music publisher to choose countries they are willing to sell their music to, thus shifting the copyright issues back to the publisher and not Amazon?
Come on… its 2012… not 1995… get with it…