p2pnet news views | RIAA News:- Making MP3s from personal music files and putting them in a shared folder is in and of itself a copyright infringement!
At least, that’s what Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA is trying to claim, as p2pnet posted on Tuesday.
“It’s always amazing and discouraging to realize how many morons there are out there downloading and copying with not a clue to what copyright even means, or how it works, or why in fact YOU DON’T ‘own’ the music when you purchase your right to have and enjoy a copy of it,” says Sam I Am Says in a Reader’s Write (and possible copyright infringement of a Dr Seuss character).
He goes on:
It’s not even remotely like the ownership of a car. What imbeciles. Read the law and do your homework to understand it so you can deliberate here intelligently or just STFU.
It’s enjoyable to watch the RIAA lawyers methodically take you pathetic bunch of pizza delivery boy whiners off to court. It ain’t gonna end with YOU getting the upper hand, THAT’s for sure. Not while the Feds, law enforcement and the RIAA boys are all thinking alike and until you trolls figure out a way to change the law, that’s always gonna be bad for you. Download and don’t get caught? A little pilfered music and an ethical breach. No big deal. BUT. Get caught? Settle up with your checkbook or YOUR life is now in the shitter right where it deserves to be. Sleep tight.
Responds a second post:
@Sam: you’re the moron for not thinking deeper about your post. Had you thoroughly thought about it you might have realized two things:
1. ‘downloading’ a song file is not illegal (in America) regardless of what you or the RIAA/MPAA might try to keep pushing on the masses.
2. the ‘fair use’ provision of the Copyright Act clearly and unequivocally states that the PURPOSE for the use of a copyrighted item is what’s important.
3. and just for kicks, there is no law that says ‘making available for download’ is illegal either.
The travesty of all of these extortions/threats/trial is that no one has brought this up yet.
I am fully legal to ‘illegally download a song file’ [RIAA words] and publish a website that contains a portion of that song file and even create a derivative work based on that song file (can you say ‘sampling’?) without paying royalties and without paying the RIAA for doing so. That is the law. Zero ambiguity.
Thus, without a trial that seeks the facts behind the REASON a file was downloaded and showing how it was USED illegally, there can be no basis for a lawsuit related to downloading song files. In fact, there is not even standing to file a lawsuit in the first place since there has to be a law broken in order to bring charges. Sheesh. And the Sony Bono Copyright Extension that went into effect was a farce, a travesty of the law, and should never have been allowed to go through except that Disney paid off certain congress members to get it passed to protect their income from the Mickey Mouse empire. That is also a fact.
‘He who has the gold makes the rules’ (at least in America)
p2pnet – It`s illegal to rip CDs: RIAA, December 11, 2007
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