There’s a lot of buzz on the internet about a court decision that says you can’t rip MP3’s to your computer.

The reports are believable, since a couple years back CD’s came with an “anti piracy” code to stop you from ripping them off. At the time, I thought this was a bummer, since I usually ripped my CD’s into MP3’s and played them on a 40 dollar MP3 boom box (instead of having to buy a 200 dollar multiple CD player).

But ZDNet corrects the rumor. And in a separate article, ZDNet’s Russell Shaw says:

I’ve actually read the entire brief. What I believe the RIAA is saying in the brief is that the sin is not ripping your CD, but storing them on your hard drive within a program already set up to launch illegal file trades.

To put it more directly, storing your ripped MP3’s in, say, your “My Music” folder would be OK. But installing Kazaa, eDonkey, one of the torrents, or another P2P utility that can fish these files out and set them up for swapping is a bad bad thing.

So, kids, I guess you’ll just have to go back to the way my uncle did it in 1943…he had an apparatus that could cut 78 records from the radio…my brother still has some of them in his collection…

Hmm…wonder if the RIAA will sue my brother for copyright violations if he lends the discs of the Fred Allen show to his friends…

Worked for him…


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.

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