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  • AAAARRRGH!

    Filed at 2:49 pm under by dcobranchi

    I’ve tried to do right thing. I’ve taught the kids that sharing music is stealing and that if they want to have some music on their MP3 players, they need to do it legally by either purchasing it from iTunes or ripping it from a CD that they own. Scratch that last one. The RIAA now says that ripping is illegal piracy.

    [I]n 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.

    “I couldn’t believe it when I read that,” says Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA. “The basic principle in the law is that you have to distribute actual physical copies to be guilty of violating copyright. But recently, the industry has been going around saying that even a personal copy on your computer is a violation.”

    Fuck ’em. No more iTunes. No more CD purchases.

    9 Responses to “AAAARRRGH!”


    Comment by
    COD
    December 31st, 2007
    at 4:31 pm

    So the 3500 songs on a network drive shared between 5 computers in my house might be a problem?

    BTW, Amazon now has 3 of the 4 major record companies online with DRM free MP3s. I quit Itunes earlier this year. I’m sick of the download, export, import routine to get rid of the DRM.


    Comment by
    Dawn
    January 1st, 2008
    at 8:41 am

    I’ve been taking full advantage of P2P software for awhile now. I guess I’ve justified it as protest of the excesses of modern copyright and the continual moves to deny consumers of their rights…Like DRM and other initiatives that confound a consumer’s right to copy legally aquired material for their own use.

    Still, I am essentially stealing. News like this makes me feel much better about it though.


    Comment by
    Lisa Giebitz
    January 1st, 2008
    at 9:45 am

    Ugh… Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    If the RIAA wants to keep the consumers they have and perhaps gain ones they’ve lost, they should shove the stick up their collective ass and try the carrot for a change.

    I mean, who in the hell is going to buy THE SAME ALBUM multiple times??


    Comment by
    Andrea
    January 1st, 2008
    at 9:57 am

    Dawn – not in Canada it’s not. 🙂 We’re allowed to copy it, just not distribute (upload) it. 😀

    And there are plenty way to find d/l links without a P2P program.


    Comment by
    speedwell
    January 1st, 2008
    at 6:55 pm

    If you’re so worried that it’s stealing, and you want to salve your conscience, do this.

    Count your downloads. Group them into albums or album-sized groups, and calculate the price you’d have paid for each album if you bought it (on ITunes or as a CD). Then take either 5.7 percent of that figure (ITunes) or 12 percent (CDs) to represent the royalties that would have gone directly to the artist.

    Put that amount of money aside. Resolve to send it to the artists directly, if there’s ever a convenient mechanism for doing so that doesn’t involve the record companies.


    Comment by
    sam
    January 1st, 2008
    at 11:01 pm

    Of the little bit of music I’ve purchased recently for myself, much of it was by artists that I was able to see/hear on YouTube and decide that I actually did want to buy more of their music.


    Comment by
    Dawn
    January 2nd, 2008
    at 7:54 am

    Andrea – I thought we had no legislation that buggered that up? Must check that out…


    Comment by
    Dawn
    January 2nd, 2008
    at 7:54 am

    oops…new legislation, not ‘no’ legislation!


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    January 2nd, 2008
    at 2:04 pm

    Amazon, huh?

    As I am about to cancel our account with Rhapsody (after multiple attempts to get their crappy system to work), this info might come in handy.

    Thanks. 🙂

    Nance