December 31 2007

The RIAA contradicts itself?

RIAA LogoRemember that Washington Post story I talked about yesterday? The one where they’re going to try to say copying CDs you legally purchased to your computer is a copyright violation? Well, bless the good folks at Boing Boing for finding this, now missing, gem from the RIAA website.

“If you choose to take your own CDs and make copies for yourself on your computer or portable music player, that’s great. It’s your music and we want you to enjoy it at home, at work, in the car and on the jogging trail.”

This little ditty can be found on for all eternity.

The other winning statement that Boing Boing uncovered came from the Grokster trial. Mind you, this is an RIAA lawyer talking on the court record:

The record companies, my clients, have said, for some time now, and it’s been on their Website for some time now, that it’s perfectly lawful to take a CD that you’ve purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod. There is a very, very significant lawful commercial use for that device, going forward.”

Gee, wonder how the RIAA is going to try to weasel out of this one. They have publicly stated, on multiple occasions, that copying a CD you legally purchased to another format for your personal enjoyment is a-ok with them. What changed?  How did something that they not only at one time considered legal, but endorsed, turn into something they can add into a copyright violation case?

How are more people not seeing that the RIAA is just pure evil?  They are greedy, out-of-control, bullies that want nothing more than to squeeze every dollar out of the consumers that they can.  They feel they’ve found a new revenue stream in the form of file sharing, and they’re going to try to get every cent they can out of the people that they catch.

You know what I would like to know?  Are they giving the money they win in these cases to the artists whose music is being used in the sharing?  Where is this money going?  Who’s pocket is it ending up in?

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