It’s long been the record industry’s policy that ripping CDs is copyright infringement; Coldplay’s X&Y album even features DRM preventing such ripping. Now, why anyone would want to rip X&Y is beyond me (burn!), but the larger point remains that a record industry with the copyright views of my social studies teacher is pretty out of synch with much of its customer base. Especially when they sue people about it:
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.
The industry’s lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argues in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are “unauthorized copies” of copyrighted recordings.