Are LP download codes legally giftable?
September 7, 2011 9:14 PM Subscribe
Does gifting a download coupon from an LP sleeve to someone else constitute copyright violation?
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Most label-backed LPs sold these days come with a coupon on the inside redeemable via a URL for a high-quality digital copy of the album. (Like so.
) Almost all coupons of this nature are only good for one use — after that, the URL/code combination never work again. If I buy the LP but have no use for the download coupon, it seems to me that it's within my rights to give it away, unused — that what I paid for was two copies of the album on separate formats, each of which I'm free to use as I please. But I can certainly imagine a viable counterargument that the digital copy is meant to enhance the analog version, and that by giving away the coupon I'm unlawfully forcing my purchase to undergo mitosis.
I skimmed through some TOSes of third-party one-shot download services but they all seem to cover use by the participating record label, not use by the consumer. Any thoughts?