October 3 2007

You’re All Pirates!

You're All Pirates!In the continuation of yesterday’s post about the RIAA court case, Ars Technica continued their excellent coverage of the courtroom happenings, and boy was there a doozy of a bombshell. I will block quote the piece because you really need to see this in all of its glory.

Pariser has a very broad definition of “stealing.” When questioned by Richard Gabriel, lead counsel for the record labels, Pariser suggested that what millions of music fans do is actually theft. The dirty deed? Ripping your own CDs or downloading songs you already own.

Gabriel asked if it was wrong for consumers to make copies of music which they have purchased, even just one copy. Pariser replied, “When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song.” Making “a copy” of a purchased song is just “a nice way of saying ‘steals just one copy’,” she said.

Countless studies have shown that the majority of music on portable music players like the iPod comes from sources other than download services. For most people, that music is comprised primarily of songs “ripped” from CD collections to MP3 or some other comparable format. Indeed, most portable music players comes with software (like iTunes) which is designed to facilitate the easy ripping of CDs. According to Pariser’s view, this is stealing.

You have to be kidding me.

A CD you legally purchased, that you are not sharing with anyone else, and because you choose to enjoy it in a way of your choosing… that’s “stealing”?

Is it any wonder that the music companies just continually piss me off?  Is it any wonder that people they feel they are nothing but greedy bastards?  If you want to listen a CD you LEGALLY purchased on another device you own… by golly, you better believe I’m doing it.

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