Rip Mix Burn

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.

Via Matt Yglesias. Just another reason to buy music from artists not on RIAA labels. Like the good people at Matador, or Merge, or Kill Rock Stars.

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