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Thursday, August 28, 2003

Posted by Tanstaafl
CNN.com - Revealed: How RIAA tracks downloaders - Aug. 28, 2003: "Copyright lawyers said it remains unresolved whether consumers can legally download copies of songs on a CD they purchased rather than making digital copies themselves. "

A lot could hinge on resolving this issue.

Matt -- That was the first thing that struck me when I read this article yesterday on another site. I'd wager fair-use rights would support it in a court challenge. Which in turn would cause every RIAA case to be a nightmare. With a large enough circle of friends you could probably borrow enough CDs and purchase the remainder to cover a reasonable sized collection (and thus avoid a costly battle).

Not only that, it would render mute attempts to "break" computer manufacturers into crippling their hardware to prevent ripping which is a tactic currently under consideration. It would mean that you would still only need one guy to figure out how to make it happen, then everyone could "legitimately" dl the goods.


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