December 30 2007

RIAA tries a new tactic

RIAABack in October I discussed a new tact that Sony Records was trying by claiming that anyone who copied music from a legally purchased CD to their computer was a pirate. The abbreviated quote is:

“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.

I was astounded by this thought, and I still am.

However, the RIAA seems to think it was a spiffy idea!

In a case filed in Arizona, part of the case filed against the defendant sites the 2,000+ music files on his computer, made from legally purchased CDs, constitute “illegal copies”. The exact quote from the source material was:

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.

Excuse me? If I purchase a CD legally, and choose to enjoy the music in a separate fashion, that is now considered illegal? If the judge in this case was to rule in favor of the RIAA, it would make everyone who had ever done this into a criminal.

My hatred of the RIAA grows with each passing day it seems.  They will not rest until they have found a way to make money off of every aspect of music.  I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: So long as I purchased the music legally, and it is for personal enjoyment, I will listen to it any damned way I please.  I am NOT going to purchase an album as both a CD and MP3 files.  If it is for my personal enjoyment, then there is nothing wrong with me listening to it on multiple devices that are, yes, again, for my personal use.

The RIAA is so desperate to hold on to their outdated business model that they will do anything to make themselves seem relevant.  It is time for the record companies to cut their support of this association and stop making enemies of their customer base.

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  • Jo

    Think of all the Apple products given as gifts this year and how many people signed up for iTunes subsequently and then imported all their CDs to put on said Apple product. I know 5 people alone in my office that received or gave an iPod for Christmas. These people are idiots and I hope the judge throws them and their skany lawyers out the door physically.

    BTW, how did they pick this poor sap to sue and know how much he has imported to his iPod or iTunes?

  • Jo – The Washington Post article left that out, but some reports are saying that he DID indeed put the music into a sharing folder, and that’s how they got him. When they learned he got the music from his own CDs, that’s when they decided to make a go at this being a whole new portion of the lawsuit. It’s obviously a test case for this particular aspect of their suit, but still a highly scare one.

    Oh now, you better tell your co-workers how they’re breaking the law! Those dirty… er… yeah, even I can’t make a joke here it is just so incredibly stupid.

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