Controversial Puretunes Music Service Utilises Mozilla

Saturday May 31st, 2003

Tony Tovar wrote in to tell us that Puretunes, the controversial new Spanish music download service, uses Mozilla technology in its download application. The license agreement for the Puretunes MP3 Downloader (currently only available for Windows, though Linux and Mac versions are promised) states that the program "uses an unmodified copy of Mozilla internally" and quotes the entire text of the Mozilla Public License 1.1. The software, which also makes use of the Qt application framework, appears to contain an embedded version of Mozilla 1.2.1, with the version we downloaded having a user-agent string of "PureTunes 1.0 [Mon May 26 17:25:46 2003] - Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.2.1) Gecko/20021130". It has a browser-style interface and supports Mozilla features such as Find As You Type.

Puretunes, which launched last week, is a subscription-based digital music service that offers unlimited downloads of songs by major artists. An eight hour subscription costs $3.99 with longer periods of time and a 25 song free trial also available. All music files are in the DRM-free MP3 format and there are no restrictions on playing, copying or burning to CD. The service is controversial because it does not have the authorisation of the major record labels; Puretunes claims that its deals with the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (Spanish Association of Authors and Editors) and the Asociacion de Artistas, Interpretes y Ejecutantes (Association of Artists, Performers and Players) are sufficient under Spanish law. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry disagrees. Reuters has an article about the controversy.

#6 Re: Cool

by AlexBishop <>

Sunday June 1st, 2003 4:04 PM

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"But what are the chances that once this site gets closed down that the record industry won't go after every single user who ever downloaded from them?"

It might not be closed down. has been running for several years under similar circumstances. I don't think the users would be liable. If you buy something from a shop that sells stolen goods, you can't be charged (unless you knew the goods were stolen).

"I mean you can't buy unlimited cd's from a scalper on a street corner for $24 a month so you can't download unlimited song from purtunes who is illegally selling songs."

With the former, you know that it's illegal. With the latter, it's certainly debateable.