Worse Than John Kerry

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 14 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

Don Verrilli, the RIAA’s lawyer (or at least one of them) said this to the Supreme Court:
“The record companies, my clients, have said, for some time now, and it’s been on their website for some time now, that it’s perfectly lawful to take a CD that you’ve purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod.”

One year later, here’s the RIAA’s stance (as quoted from BoingBoing):
From www.boingboing.net:

As part of the on-going DMCA rule-making proceedings, the RIAA and other copyright industry associations submitted a filing that included this gem as part of their argument that space-shifting and format-shifting do not count as noninfringing uses, even when you are talking about making copies of your own CDs:
“Nor does the fact that permission to make a copy in particular circumstances is often or even routinely granted, necessarily establish that the copying is a fair use when the copyright owner withholds that authorization. In this regard, the statement attributed to counsel for copyright owners in the MGM v. Grokster case is simply a statement about authorization, not about fair use.”

Please send me a straight jacket before I do something stupid.

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