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RIAA: Backing Up CDs Can Be Illegal

Anti-RIAAIt looks like those idiots at the RIAA are setting the stage for yet another attack on the rights of consumers.

According to the wording in a recent filing by the RIAA, backing up your CDs or ripping them to an iPod should not be considered fair use under the DMCA:

“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.”

This contradicts earlier statements by the RIAA during last years RIAA vs. Grokster case:

“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.”

The document goes on to say:

“There is certainly no legal requirement that copyright holders make digital work accessible by way of every device the user may choose to utilize. The ability of copyright owners to tie the use of a work to a particular device is ‘use facilitating.”

Essentially, everything boils down to the notion that making copies of your CDs or importing them to an mp3 player could be considered illegal, and the RIAA has the right to lobby for a change in the law should it choose to do so.

Way to do buisness RIAA – give consumers less reasons to buy your products.

Bit-tech / EFF 

Posted by Sean


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