Thursday, February 16, 2006

RIAA Says Ripping CDs to Your iPod is NOT Fair Use

I ever mention the fact that I hate RIAA? Oh, I do, with a passion.

They are starting to sound like a politician now.... they stated to the Supreme Court during the MGM v. Grokster hearings (which was wrongly ruled, in my opinion) "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." and "Similarly, creating a back-up copy of a music CD is not a non-infringing use...."

And yet, here they are, filing a motion (pdf file), saying this to contradict themselves "Nor does the fact that permission to make a copy in particular circumstances is often or even routinely granted, necessarily establish that the copying is a fair use when the copyright owner withholds that authorization. In this regard, the statement attributed to counsel for copyright owners in the MGM v. Grokster case is simply a statement about authorization, not about fair use."

Bastards! Greedy ones at that... we should be able to make back ups (legally!) for any media we may own. Just because it may be affordable, does NOT mean we want to spend money on it twice!

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