[SATLUG] Man arrested for copying his own CD's

Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Fri Jan 4 19:15:31 CST 2008

There was an interesting discussion of exactly this topic on NPR's 
'Talk of the Nation' yesterday - here is the link:



Talk of the Nation, January 3, 2008 -  A recent article in the Washington
Post claims that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
views copying a legally purchased CD onto a computer or an MP3 player
as unauthorized, and potentially subject to a lawsuit. The RIAA contends
that the Washington Post story is false.


Marc Fisher, columnist for the The Washington Post

Cary Sherman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

This segment echoes what Mark says below about misinterpretation by the media.


> The media has misinterpreted the case.  The issue is not that he
> ripped a legally purchased CD (which is still legal under the
> "archival" part of copyright law, no matter what the RIAA says), the
> issue is that he put those ripped songs into a directory that was also
> used by a P2P app.  Since the P2P app "served" the songs out without
> his knowledge, he is still technically guilty of illegal file-sharing.
> The (MP|RI)AA really loves P2P because it is so easy to go after
> everyone who downloads a song/movie, since because of the way P2P
> works, a downloader is also an uploader!
> I try to only use media that I ripped myself, and don't have anything
> to do with music sharing.
> -- 
> Mark McCoy
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>   - Professional Unix Geek
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