Monday, December 31, 2007

Got Any Mp3s? If So, You're Breaking The Law

Or at least that's what the way the RIAA wants things to work.

Now, in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

The industry's lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argues in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings.
Now, since I hardly ever use CDs beyond ripping the files to put on my ipod, I suppose the only legal way for me to get music will be via itunes, since CDs now do me no good whatsoever. Radiohead just keeps looking more right.

Update Damnit, I clicked post too soon. Here's what the RIAA says about copying a legal cd for your own use.
11. How is downloading music different from copying a personal CD?

Record companies have never objected to someone making a copy of a CD for their own personal use. We want fans to enjoy the music they bought legally.
Shouldn't your website match what you're suing people for?

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