04 October 2007

This Has To Be The Dumbest Thing Ever

Okay, maybe I'm overreacting. But only a little bit. Not sure how many of you out there are hearing/reading about the RIAA trial going on in Minnesota, but the head lawyer for Sony/BMG basically said that making a copy of music you've purchased for yourself is stealing.

YA RLY, says Jennifer Pariser, when she was asked if it was wrong for people to make a single copy of their purchased music:
"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Making "a copy" of a song you bought is "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy.' "

Guess we're all hosed. People overuse words like "Nazi" and "Gestapo" when talking about the government or whatever, but I don't think they'd be too out of line with labeling the RIAA in such terms.

Seriously, who hasn't made a CD for the car so they don't have to worry about the original getting stolen? Or to save them the trouble of moving it from the house to the car? Or - horror of horrors - making a mix CD for road trips? Filthy, morally-challenged criminals, the lot of us, apparently.


BJDorr said...

This is just now becoming a problem? Funny thing is, this issue was never big during the advent of the cassette recorder in the 70's and 80's.

Then again, we never had music shared online either. It was, "Josh, can I borrow your 2 Live Crew tape? I'm gonna make a copy."

Ghost Dog said...

No, this is just now becoming a giant lawsuit.

Major Clanger said...

Crazy. Ripping a CD for (say) your iPod is totally allowed (fair use?), otherwise they'd sue Apple, and Microsoft!

The RIAA is totally out of control.

brando said...

They deserve a big fat "get real".

brando said...

I love your O'rly.

BJDorr said...

O'rly! A "Ghost Bird."