The hilarity of the RIAA's recent actions was stepped up a notch today after they released a statement saying that [copying legally-purchased music to your mp3 player doesn't fall under fair use and is illegal]. Uh huh. What makes the RIAA think that they'll be able to convince anyone of that? The ruling also said that making a backup copy of your CDs is also illegal. Ever since the beginning of time, it's been very clear, under the eyes of the law, that making backup copies of your media, be it vinyl, cassette tapes, DVDs, whatever, is perfectly legal. Honestly - how many of the RIAA's artists do you think own an iPod? Seventy-five percent maybe? More? I'd guess that's not too far off the mark. Of those people, how many do you think have ripped their CD collection to their iPod? It's not a small number, I assure you. So, RIAA, you've successfully accused the vast majority of your customers (the artists) of illegal activity. I'm no business expert, but that doesn't seem like a great business move, strategically speaking.
Does anyone else wish that the RIAA would just go away? Sheesh.
[copying legally-purchased music to your mp3 player doesn't fall under fair use and is illegal]: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004409.php