Pope Benedict: Stealing Songs?
from the someone-call-the-RIAA dept
This is, of course, a perfectly ridiculous headline, but given the way the recording industry has acted lately, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the recording industry make this accusation. We’ve discussed in the past the legality of selling an iPod that has music on it already, and the recording industry has already made it quite clear that they don’t believe fair use applies when you put music on your iPod (instead, they have decided to let you put music on your iPod as a favor out of the kindness of their collective hearts). So, when Copyfight points out that Pope Benedict XVI was recently given an iPod with a bunch of songs preloaded, it’s worth asking whether or not it was legal. The iPod was given by a radio station, that put a variety of musical selections on the device. As the report points out, it seems quite likely that they didn’t buy separate versions of each of the songs, but (more likely) just ripped them from CDs the station had lying around. So if it’s okay for the Pope, why isn’t it okay for others?