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Music industry claims personal use ripping isn’t legal

Download Uproar: Record Industry Goes After Personal Use – washingtonpost.com:

“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.”

I’m not even going to be begin to describe the many and varied ways in which this is a very poor argument for the music industry. They should start to remember that copyright is privilege which society confers upon them because it benefits society as a whole, rather than an inalienable right which they can continue to extend ad infinitum.

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