It seems that just about every blog out there is reporting that the RIAA is now saying that ripping MP3s from CDs that you’ve purchased constitutes unauthorized use. They all point to this article on the Recording Industry vs. The People blog, which unequivocally states:
The RIAA’s brief makes the novel contention, contradicting its lawyers’ arguments at the Supreme Court in MGM v. Grokster, that making personal copies of songs from one’s CD onto one’s computer is an infringement.
Unfortunately, that’s misleading at best and deceitful at worst. If you actually read the RIAA’s Supplemental Brief, it quickly becomes apparent that the RIAA is arguing that ripping CDs and placing them into Kazaa’s shared folder constitutes infringement. This, of course, is a completely different animal.
But I guess it doesn’t lend itself to snappy headlines. And God forbid someone in the blogging world actually take the time to check a source before gulping down the Kool-Aid®.
Update: It looks like Techdirt got it right. Kudos.
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