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Monday, December 31, 2007


Richard Reynolds

I am very upset at RIAA. I had 30 gig of music loaded from CD's that I purchased over the years on my computer. My collection runs from the 80's to the present. I was on the internet and got a virus which caused me to reinstall my software and that meant I lost all of my data. No problem . . . right? All I have to do is restore the data from my standalone backup harddrive . . right? WRONG ! ! ! When I went to play my music,after restoring it to my computer, it would not play and a error message came up. I called Dell support and they told me that the reason my music would not play was because RIAA had made the software folks put "digital rights management" rules in their software which interprets restoring my music to my computer as stealing their music. So according to Dell, I have to reload all fo my 400 Music CD's again if I want to play them on my computer. What a p brained trick to play on people who have been purchasing and collecting their CD's for years.


In the oral comments to the U.S. Supreme Court in MGM v Grokster the lawyer from MGM states that copying music from a CD to a computer is "perfectly lawful".


JUSTICE BREYER: -- but the problem, of course, is that it could well be, in each of those instances, that there will be vast numbers of infringing uses that are foreseeable.

MR. VERRILLI: I disagree with that, Your Honor. Certainly not -- I don't think there's any empirical evidence to suggest, with respect to any of the things that Your Honor just identified -- and let me pick out the iPod as one, because it's the most current example, I guess. From the moment that device was introduced, it was obvious that there were very significant lawful commercial uses for it. And let me clarify something I think is unclear from the amicus briefs. The record companies, my clients, have said, for some time now, and it's been on their Website for some time now, that it's perfectly lawful to take a CD that you've purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod. There is a very, very significant lawful commercial use for that device, going forward.

See http://www.supremecourtus.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/04-480.pdf

Hat tip to Howard Knopf (see http://excesscopyright.blogspot.com/

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