February 17, 2006

If CD ripping is outlawed...

only outlaws will rip CDs.

Long story short, the RIAA wants you to know that it thinks you’re breaking the law when you back up a CD that you bought. It also thinks you’re breaking the law when you rip the songs to your hard drive to listen to them on your computer. Oh, and you’re a lawbreaker if you listen to them on your iPod or other MP3 player.

If you buy a bunch of CDs and use them to make a mix CD for your workout? CRIMINAL!

If it’s against the law to use a CD in most of the ways we’re used to using them, then where is the motivation (beyond the fear of getting caught) to buy a CD as opposed to downloading it off the internet?

What the heck is the RIAA thinking?

They have bombarded the public with the idea that “you wouldn’t steal a car, so why would you steal music?” What’s next?

“You wouldn’t fly an airplane into a skyscraper, so why would you rip songs to your iPod?”

Posted by James at February 17, 2006 12:33 AM
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If they want to know why people aren't buying music, they should just ask.

My music consumption has gone way down for two reasons: Most of what they put in the store is crap. The stuff that isn't crap isn't a Red Book CD that I know will work in all my devices and I'll be able to rip and send to my iPod. I do the vast majority of my music listening in my home/work offices, or mobile on my iPod. (But I don't want lossy, DRM encumbered electronic music[*], so I buy CDs and rip them.) If I can't use the product in the way that suits my needs, I'll just stop buying your product. I don't undertand why this is so difficult to understand.

[*] I do have some music from the iTunes Music Store - mostly singles and exclusives. But for a full album available on physical CD, the physical CD is still a much better value.

Posted by: Jim at February 17, 2006 8:32 AM

Oh, screw them. Enough is enough. Maybe I'll go back to backing up my hard-to-find imports, etc. on TAPE. And making mix TAPES. Yes, still illegal (according to RIAA), but copy-protection will hopefully never be an issue on cassette recorders.

If they're SURE they want to get rid of our "fair use" rights, I'm not so sure I want to buy ANY music in ANY format.

I kinda wish there was a way to download the songs for free AND (this is the tricky part) compensate the artist (or the artist's estate) DIRECTLY. "Thank you for this great CD. Here's five dollars. Yes, I know it's not a lot, but I bet it's a bigger cut than you'd get if I bought the CD at a store."

Posted by: Julie at February 17, 2006 8:43 AM

...or buy the music directly from the artist. (Yes, some independent artists already do this, but I'm talking about ALL artists.) No RIAA, no Sam Goody. Each artist can explain what they, personally, consider "fair use," and you as the consumer can decide whether or not that's acceptable.

Practical? Eh, probably not. But there are so many middlemen in the current setup that it's become impossible to satisfy or protect anyone.

Posted by: Julie at February 17, 2006 9:18 AM

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