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Apple’s DRM-free downloads contain user information. So what?

There’s a minor kerfuffle happening in blogland over iTunes Plus, the new bit of iTunes that offers DRM-free downloads. Apparently the metadata contains user information including your email address, which of course means that if you share files via P2P or turn an album into a torrent then the copyright cops will come a-knocking.

Which sounds fair enough to me.

Hating DRM is (in most cases) not the same as wanting to be able to share your purchases with the entire planet; it’s about having the right to use your legally purchased content on the hardware and/or software of your choice. DRM-free downloads enable you to do just that, and personally I don’t care what metadata is stuffed in there because I won’t be sharing it.

Am I missing something?