Monday, February 20, 2006

RIAA Changes Positions, Now Says It's Not Lawful to Make a Copy for Personal Use From One's Own CD

In an article by Fred von Lohmann, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that the RIAA has changed its position and is now claiming that making a personal copy of a song from a CD one owns, for purpose of listening to it later or in a different format, is a copyright infringement:

RIAA Says Ripping CDs to Your iPod is NOT Fair Use

February 15, 2006

It is no secret that the entertainment oligopolists are not happy about space-shifting and format-shifting. But surely ripping your own CDs to your own iPod passes muster, right? In fact, didn't they admit as much in front of the Supreme Court during the MGM v. Grokster argument last year?

Apparently not.

As part of the on-going DMCA rule-making proceedings, the RIAA and other copyright industry associations submitted a filing that included .... as part of their argument that space-shifting and format-shifting do not count as noninfringing uses, even when you are talking about making copies of your own CDs.

Complete article.

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StephenH said...

Here is the RIAA's opinion. They admit that copying to an audio CD-R is OK, as is copying to a portable music player.

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CodeWarrior said...

Trying to be as polite as I can, and not to add profanity to public discourse...the RIAA is full of crap.