12/24/2010 09:39 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

eBooks: Who Owns Your Digital Downloads?

The holiday season is upon us, and with it thoughts of peace on earth, goodwill... and the latest electronic media. Visions of Kindles and Kinects dance in childrens' heads (and no doubt yours as well), and iTunes store cards invitingly peek from stocking tops. But as consumers embrace digital media, businesses and courts grapple with a question that has proved as elusive as it is essential: when you "buy" an e-book, an MP3, or a downloaded TV show or movie, what do you really "own"?

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