Steve originally wanted to allow for iPhone users to create their own ringtones from iTunes music files. This would mean that politically, Steve needed to fight a two front battle with the Record Labels on one side and the cell companies on the other. There was not enough time for these battles to be won and still make the iPhone delivery date. The RIAA was also working hard to be the clearing house of ringtone revenue and pushed for the US Patent and Trademark office to issue a ruling about the legal status of a ringtone. Was it a derivative work, a performance, or otherwise?
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