It’s OK. I contained myself. No F-bombs in this post. Barely.
I am seriously pissed, after being at first incredulous.
The Recording Industry Association of America can kiss my grits. What a bunch of greedy power-crazed paranoid idiots they are.
They are suing a man for copying 2000 songs from CDs that he PURCHASED legally onto his own home computer. The RIAA’s going after him for copyright infringement and music stealing and maybe also for vagrancy, loitering with intent to creep, sedition, felony bad taste and illegal license plates.
I am not making this up – OK, except for the probable additional charges part. I wish I were. Story is here in the WaPo and all over the innernets by now too.
So the RIAA sez that I can buy CDs (as I did just last night, as it happens), but only listen to them in whatever inconvenient way the RIAA thinks best? Yep. I’m a criminal because I used my LEGALLY acquired iTunes software to copy my OWN LEGALLY PURCHASED CD music, for my OWN listening enjoyment (not for distribution) onto my OWN LEGALLY PURCHASED PC? According to the RIAA, I’m stealing every time I copy a song, even in those circumstances. Lord knows how many millions of dollars they would want from me if I then – gasp! - put some of those songs onto a LEGALLY PURCHASED iPod.
They are going to kill their own industry by waging war on people like me.
I may be in the minority, but I do understand the idea of intellectual property, and have no problem with laws that protect the rights of creators (writers, singers, artists) in their works. I have never knowingly bought or downloaded pirated songs.
But why should I bother to buy the damn legally produced CDs, just use them for my own entertainment, and refrain from downloading or buying pirated copies, if the RIAA says the former is just as illegal as the latter?