I agree with George and that I believe something like this is, in theory, a legal sale provided there is a mechanism by which to remove all traces of the file from his computer and has a way to transfer the “playability” of the file to the buyer.
However…I really don’t like seeing this, because if by some quirk, this is allowed to happen and the RIAA can’t stop it, all that will do is have them pull the plug on the ability of people to purchase individual songs. And then we’ll be back to the same old choices as before: to buy the CD with “90% crud” at $15 a pop again, pirate the tracks you want or do without.
The ability to purchase individual songs without buying all the crap you don’t want is one of the best things that has happened to music consumers in a long time and is one of the few (if not only) consumer-friendly things the recording industry has done in recent years. And as much as I despise the jackbooted thugs of the RIAA along with the rest of you, I believe that in the end, if George’s attempts are successful, it will be to the detriment of music consumers who want to do the right thing, but don’t want to pay for the crap they don’t want.
If this succeeds? Bye-bye, ITMS and other services like it, IMO. Not good.