The recording industry going a step too far?

December 30, 2007

The American legal machine for the Recording Industry Association of America is at it again- they are certainly trying to get their pound of flesh.

Full article but here is just a snippet:

Now, in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

 Will be an interesting one to follow….



  1. Not entirely unreasonable. How else are illegal copies distributed except from 1st copies from legally purchased CDs?

  2. With legal downloads of Mp3’s it is just as likely that illegal copies will come from there. It would seem the industry wants us to pay for both the cd and legal download(usually lower quality). One solution is to include a free download code with the cd (as I think Sub Pop do) or at least charge a nominal amount to download the content. Music lovers though may opt for the ‘Radiohead’ model- pay what you want to download the music and then pay a lot to hear them live- that one pretty much leaves the industry out in the cold though so they would want to tread carefully.

  3. I can’t object to the industry asserting its rights, irrespective of the illusion that those rights have vanished through a transformation in the technology.

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