Friday, February 17, 2006

The RIAA Can Kiss My Skinny White Ass

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The Recording Industry Association of America now says that ripping CDs that a person owns to his/her iPod is not fair use. How is that for customer service?

Think about it, you buy one of those 60 gig video iPods, like I just did. 60 gigs is a lot of mp3's, it's hundreds of CDs worth. Now, if ripping the music from your CD library to your iPod is made illegal what that essentially means is that in order to fill your iPod with music you have to pay for downloads. Do you know how much money it would cost to buy enough mp3s to fill a 60 gig iPod? At $0.99 per song at iTunes we could be talking about thousands and thousands of dollars all just to play by the RIAA's rules. Sure, you might already own many of those CDs, but it would be illegal to transfer them to your player.

That's bullshit.

I think that the RIAA is still bitter over the fact that they mishandled the emergence of mp3s from day one. They could have done some great things with the technology, but instead they chose to ignore it until it bit them in the ass and now they want to get their revenge on legitimate music buyers.

Bravo, asshats, bravo.


MTG said...

This is really ridiculous in principal. Realistically, how the hell would they police this? This is something that EVERYONE does. Everyone. If you own an iPod, chances are you've got a few CDs kicking around (or did before switching over 100% to MP3 format).

My little [iPod knock off] is probably the best music-related device I have ever purchased. And it consists entirely of music ripped from CDs that I bought. I've already paid for them, I can do whatever I want with them. Like I said, how the hell can they possibly police something like this?

Michael said...

I guess that's the reassuring thing about it. I'm thinking, though, that if it becomes a new witch hunt for the people who rip tracks from CDs to transfer them to their mp3 players it'll come down to manufacturers having to change their interface software to remove the ability to rip the tracks in the first place.

It's kind of funny how music is supposed to be this rebellious, joyful, uplifting sort of thing and the RIAA does its best to make it ugly through unnecessary litigation.

nilos said...

I suggest they tread lightly considering the shit Sony is going through... They attempted to put a restriction on how many times you could rip their songs, and are now being sued. The software they included on these CD's acts like a virus, and basically leaves a back door open to hackers and whatnot. It leaves your computer vulnerable, and slows windows down. Good Job Sony! Lets hope the RIAA does not attempt to do something similar...

or just type in "sony sued over CD" into google, and see what comes up :D

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