I spotted the song "Things Will Grow" by the Sweethearts of the Rodeo (which I really like) on Amazon.com. The price was reasonable and it was an MP3 that was promised to be "playable on iPod and all MP3 players". I decided to buy it, but after I pressed the "Buy MP3" link, I got to this "We are sorry…" page informing me that:
We could not process your order. The sale of MP3 Downloads is currently available only to US customers located in the 48 contiguous states, Alaska, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
WTF? Do they really not want my money? And the ironic thing is that I can watch (and listen) to the video of the track without limits on Yahoo Music.
Do I really have to ask an American resident to buy this song for me, and upload it to a server where I can download it from, and then compensate them? Why can't I, as a non-American resident buy mp3s from Amazon right away?
buu from Freenode's #perl had this explanation: "Silly copyright cartels being silly." Silly indeed.