Its 'illegal' To Burn Cd's To Your Computer
Owen
Dec 31 2007, 03:23 PM
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...7122800693.html

According to the RIAA, burning legally bought CD's to your computer is illegal and prosecutable.

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Now, in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

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.

"I couldn't believe it when I read that," says Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA. "The basic principle in the law is that you have to distribute actual physical copies to be guilty of violating copyright. But recently, the industry has been going around saying that even a personal copy on your computer is a violation."

RIAA's hard-line position seems clear. Its Web site says: "If you make unauthorized copies of copyrighted music recordings, you're stealing. You're breaking the law and you could be held legally liable for thousands of dollars in damages."


Might as well make Mp3 players illegal then.

This is nuts. ohmy.gif mellow.gif

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- Owen   Its 'illegal' To Burn Cd's To Your Computer   Dec 31 2007, 03:23 PM
- - Milenkovic Ivan   They can't do nothing about and they know it. ...   Dec 31 2007, 03:32 PM
- - Owen   QUOTE (Milenkovic Ivan @ Dec 31 2007, 06...   Dec 31 2007, 03:37 PM
|- - Andrew Cockburn   QUOTE (Owen @ Dec 31 2007, 09:37 AM) Inde...   Dec 31 2007, 03:57 PM
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- - Freddie Fourfingers   RIDICULOUS! Is it illegal to play the CDs I b...   Dec 31 2007, 03:55 PM
|- - FretDancer69   QUOTE (Freddie Fourfingers @ Dec 31 2007, 08...   Dec 31 2007, 10:35 PM
|- - ezravdb   QUOTE (Freddie Fourfingers @ Dec 31 2007, 03...   Jan 3 2008, 02:11 PM
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- - The Uncreator   Wow, ive got almost all my CD's on windows med...   Dec 31 2007, 04:19 PM
- - Bogdan   Well I thought It was legal to make home backups o...   Dec 31 2007, 04:26 PM
- - Owen   Apparently when mp3 players first came out the RIA...   Dec 31 2007, 04:41 PM
- - DeepRoots   Will be funny when Windows Media Player 12 comes o...   Dec 31 2007, 04:58 PM
- - Robin   RE: Its 'illegal' To Burn Cd's To Your Computer   Dec 31 2007, 05:23 PM
- - Smikey2006   music should be free .. well no.. but this is redi...   Dec 31 2007, 05:44 PM
- - Owen   QUOTE (Smikey2006 @ Dec 31 2007, 08:44 AM...   Dec 31 2007, 05:48 PM
- - Freddie Fourfingers   I have no music on any of my hard drives. I use my...   Dec 31 2007, 05:58 PM
- - kevin-riff-after-riff   QUOTE (Owen @ Dec 31 2007, 02:23 PM) http...   Dec 31 2007, 08:15 PM
- - Tomy Jeon   QUOTE (The Uncreator @ Jan 1 2008, 04:19 ...   Dec 31 2007, 10:56 PM
- - sam47   I wish I knew how to burn them on the computer. He...   Jan 1 2008, 12:28 AM
- - PlayAllDay   QUOTE (Freddie Fourfingers @ Dec 31 2007, 11...   Jan 1 2008, 12:33 AM
- - Owen   QUOTE (PlayAllDay @ Dec 31 2007, 03:33 PM...   Jan 1 2008, 12:38 AM
|- - fkalich   QUOTE (Owen @ Dec 31 2007, 05:38 PM) I do...   Jan 1 2008, 01:11 AM
|- - blindwillie   QUOTE (fkalich @ Jan 1 2008, 01:11 AM) An...   Jan 3 2008, 01:52 PM
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- - The Uncreator   I dont see any logical reason why it should be ill...   Jan 1 2008, 02:53 AM
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- - Freddie Fourfingers   I suppose that the corporations are stumbling to k...   Jan 1 2008, 03:54 PM
- - The Uncreator   QUOTE (fkalich @ Dec 31 2007, 06:37 PM) t...   Jan 1 2008, 04:37 PM
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