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RIAA et al. says CD ripping, backups not fair use

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If anyone has any doubts about the content industry's resolve to destroy fair use and usher in new ways of charging you for uses that were previously both free and fair, look no further. As part of the triennial review of the effectiveness of the DMCA, a number of content-related industries have filed a joint reply (PDF) with the government on the effectiveness of the DMCA and the challenges that lay ahead for copyright. As you might expect, the document is a celebration of the DMCA, and the industries are pushing for even more egregious abuses of technology to fatten up their bottom lines.

Full article - http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060215-6190.html


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soon, we may have to make our own original music to listen in peace..

Look into the "analogue hole" debate .. if the MPAA and RIAA get their way, with all analogue means of copying being watermarkeded/DRM'd in some way, and manipulation of content DRM'd in any way limited to "professinal use" with "professional devices", the only people left able to actually legally produce content will be those corporations with the megabucks in their pockets to do so.

It's kind of a scary and sad situation.

If they really have their way, then the ony entertainment the average person will be able to enjoy will be in playhouses and musical venues, with actual people performing in front of an audience.

Recording will die except for the rich.

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Let's hope this is laughed out of Congress.

In the Grokster case the RIAA told the Supreme Court that copying music you'd already bought was fine. Now they're saying exactly the opposite.

Meanwhile, there are taxes on blank media from the last time they insisted that "home taping is killing music."

They have made every effort to specify that buying the CD isn't buying the music but buying a license to hear the music. I think they'd have a very hard time arguing now that you need a new license to hear music you've already paid to license. But I am grateful that the EFF is so alert, because this is the kind of language that lobbyists slip into bills that get passed without debate.

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