Recording Industry vs. The People

Recording Industry vs. The People Just came across the recordingindustryvspeople blog which has an interesting post out on a legal brief where the RIAA seems to be arguing that personal copies of songs ripped from your CDs to your computer should be illegal.

This is amazing to me and a clear attack on the concept of fair use. I personally have not purchased any music online because I still go out the old fashioned way and buy my CDs so that I can have high bit rate crystal clear DRM free mp3s. The fact that the RIAA would try to challenge this clear fair use only shows how far out there they really are.

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  1. Shay says:

    Thomas,

    I read your blog daily. Normally I don’t like to weigh in on this kind of thing, but this is a hot button for me.

    I absolutely agree with that this is absurd. I too, still buy CD’s in disc form. First, because I love having the artwork. Second, because it’s DRM free music. And third, my disc’s basically become my backup music in case something goes wrong. To say that I can’t copy my disc and make it digital is seriously outrageous.

    Thanks for linking this blog and supporting the purchase of music in disc form.

    Peace.

  2. Bushi says:

    It used to be a winning strategy though when you have a bunch of law makers in your pocket. You make the most ridiculous arguments you can, rattle some sabers, then make people bargain for the rights they already have. Nibble the edges so next time you do this it’s easier, and figure a way to pocket the difference in cash. Tried and true, but hopefully for us all, futile in todays modern age.
    Why they want DRM on the CD’s not because it will ever work, but so they can punish people at will for circumvention and make a valid legal argument about what is and is not authorized rather then tilting at windmills (though the fair use windmill is looking a little dilapidated these days).

  3. Bushi says:

    Hmmm a little more digging shows that this is not what the RIAA said at all. They are just pitching their same ye old argument that putting said ripped music into a shared folder makes it unauthorized. So really it’s a way to argue for lower common meaning of inducement. Which is worth fighting over, but it looks like what they said was taken way of context.

  4. Gary Denness says:

    You know, I don’t really care about the RIAA anymore. This is just one more example of a dinosaur thrashing its last. They haven’t seen the future; they won’t be in the future.

  5. be aware that this is technically an incorrect statement of the RIAA’s argument (which is still a lot of bullshit).

    via:
    http://techdirt.com/articles/20071211/101325.shtml