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CD Rippers: The EFF Is Your Friend

Posted by: Tony Pascarella (01/14/08)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is arguing that the RIAA needs to prove users are actually sharing music as opposed to simply ripping music to their computers.
From the ArticleThe labels allege that 11 specific tracks were shared by the Howells, though the only evidence of such sharing was the fact that the files were in a shared folder and were also downloaded by the RIAA's investigative arm, MediaSentry (now SafeNet). According to the EFF, though, this simply is not evidence of actual copyright infringement.
    
 
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08:12 AM on 01/14/08
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Give it a rest already.
08:25 AM on 01/14/08
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That's pretty crazy, but I would say it's a pretty strong case. Then again, I also know little to nothing about the court system.
08:33 AM on 01/14/08
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It blows me away how many advocacy groups there are.

In other news, the person that lost that big file sharing case recently fired the attorney who was apparently extremely unqualified to argue that case. What I read said he wasn't even doing media law.
09:53 AM on 01/14/08
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The RIAA is turning into the NCAA: Large and powerful as hell, yet utterly useless pinheaded pencil pushers.
10:11 AM on 01/14/08
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The RIAA is turning into the NCAA: Large and powerful as hell, yet utterly useless pinheaded pencil pushers.

Great comparison; that story a last week (or a few days ago, I don't remember) about EMI cutting funding to the RIAA and it's sister groups is interesting. If all of this pans out like the DRM situation (EMI was the first to give DRM free downloads) then the rest of the majors should follow along shortly...that being said, it's cases like this that show how little evidence is used to accuse citizens of 'copyright infringement'. Right now I have around 1500 songs on my computer, all (well most of them) bought via the iTunes store or by ripping the CD to my computer. So, by this standard by 'sharing' my iTunes library (a default option that comes with the program) I am subject to legal action?
10:17 AM on 01/14/08
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Great comparison; that story a last week (or a few days ago, I don't remember) about EMI cutting funding to the RIAA and it's sister groups is interesting. If all of this pans out like the DRM situation (EMI was the first to give DRM free downloads) then the rest of the majors should follow along shortly...that being said, it's cases like this that show how little evidence is used to accuse citizens of 'copyright infringement'. Right now I have around 1500 songs on my computer, all (well most of them) bought via the iTunes store or by ripping the CD to my computer. So, by this standard by 'sharing' my iTunes library (a default option that comes with the program) I am subject to legal action?
Under the strict interpretation of the RIAA's current stance, yes. They've been saying you don't have the license to rip the CD to your computer for personal use.

(Which is part of what the EFF is arguing is ludicrous.)
10:55 AM on 01/14/08
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i wrote a column about this today...

http://media.www.lsureveille.com/med...-3150381.shtml
08:12 PM on 01/14/08
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Never heard of the EFF, but I love them already.
08:40 AM on 01/15/08
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Hmmm so you need to prove illegal actions now? How interesting.
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