Everybody’s a criminal now
The Recording Industry Association of America’s latest claim? It’s illegal to create copies of your own CDs and store them on your personal computer.
Happy new year. See you in jail.
Update: you’ll want to note this update from the Wash Post on this story. On the question of the RIAA’s prosecution of file-sharing, the larger issue here isn’t so much whether or not it’s wrong to duplicate and share copyrighted material (it is), but the draconian single-mindedness with which the RIAA has suddenly found religion about a private practice they worried little over (where were all the prosecutions during the DIY mixed-tape craze of the 80s?) until the internet and digital content provision started cutting into profits and challenging an old business model that the RIAA and its constituents have done done very little to reimagine in substantive terms. As it is, heavyhanded and selective enforcement only further reinforces the notion that the RIAA has no idea how to undertake an industry-wide effort to make music easier to buy digitally than to steal or (illegally) share.Email this Post