December 11 2007

The RIAA Rides Again

RIAA LogoYou know, I’m awfully tired of being a pirate.

I mean, it’s hard work, ya know? You’ve always got this parrot on your shoulder, ruining your clothes… you throats all sore from saying “arrrrrrrrr” all the time… and this peg leg is MURDER on my hip!

You see, the RIAA, is up to their shenanigans again, saying how everyone who rips music, from CDs they legally purchased, is really a pirate because they never told us we could do that. This little gem of info first showed up in October during one of their court trials, and now they’re using it again.

According to the linked Ars Technica article, this latest round comes in a court case named Atlantic v. Howell, wherein a brief filed by the RIAA, the state this version of things again.

In a brief filed late last week, the RIAA said that the MP3 files on a PC owned by a file-sharing defendant who had admitted to ripping them himself were “unauthorized copies.”

I stated back in October, and will again: If I legally purchased the CD, and am making the rips for my personal enjoyment, they’re out of their minds.  I am merely choosing the medium in which I wish to listen to the item I legally (I want to keep stressing this) purchased.  I am not sharing it with anyone, I am merely doing as I please with it for my personal enjoyment.

Hopefully the RIAA will never get so greedy behind protecting artists rights that they will go after the common person who does this, but, really, would anyone be shocked?

The music industry is, again, turning in to it’s own worst enemy.  They are creating a culture where piracy takes on almost Robin Hoodesque qualities where it is you against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham who is trying to collect too much in taxes.   As always, I will state that I am NOT endorsing piracy, but what I’m saying is that groups such as the RIAA make me feel almost dirty when I buy a new CD any more.  I have vowed to buy only used CDs, to which they receive no royalties from me, and I will stick to that.  If I can’t find it used, I’ll do without.

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  • By this definition, my husband (who has over 2000 physical discs stored in the closet) is a pirate for ripping his discs so they can be played on his iPod.

    This will never fly, but it’s clearly an attempt to re-write fair use laws so they can prosecute more freely. They’re trying to re-define use so that people who store MP3s of their music on their computer or MP3 player can be considered potential pirates even if they have no file sharing software installed.

    You’d think MP3 and computer manufacturers would perk up their ears at this if it had any validity because it’d mean their business would be seriously affected. Clearly, they know what a crock this is.