The RIAA [Record Industry Association of America], seems to be adding some new rules to its interpretation of copyright laws and how the laws should be enforced. The Washington Post is reporting that an individual has received a poison pen letter from the RIAA which indicates what he is doing to be illegal. Seems that this person has stored some 2,000 music files on his computer, which he has legally purchased. The RIAA contends that even copying music files from say a CD over to your computer violates copyright law.

The RIAA seems to be stretching the copyright law in its favor. I’m no legal scholar but after reading about all of the lawsuits that the RIAA has initiated against those who have illegally either downloaded or copied and sold music, it would appear that this is its legal right. Not going after folks who are only protecting their investment.

CDs and DVDs are fragile recording media that are susceptible to scratching and other hazards. To me it makes perfect sense, both from a monetary and what I believe is a legal view, to make backup copies of any media you purchase with your own hard earned money. But it seems that the RIAA has a different opinion on what should be legal, what is legal and what you do as to whether it is legal or not.

It would seem that it is time to get a final, final from the Supremes and to clear the air and to determine what is legal and what is not. It would seem that some common sense is needed in determining the rights of the RIAA and the rights of the consumer.

What do you think?

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