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?
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.
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