I just read an article by David Pogue of the New York Times in which he discusses the legal battles of a company named Zediva, which buys new DVDs and physically plays the DVDs while streaming them.
The movie studios have put themselves in the middle of the issue, but apparently, this isn’t much different than the local movie rental place purchasing physical copies and renting them for profit:
My thought: how can this transfer to printed music? Could music organizations legally purchase a set of music and then rent it out? Does it open the door to legally digitize a copy of the music if you own a physical copy (or equal number of physical copies)?
Many existing conditions in the area of copyright will be challenged–and redefined–in the coming days.