Recording Industry Now Okay With Letting You Listen To Your CDs On Your iPod
from the how-kind-of-them dept
In the past, the recording industry has made it very clear they’re not at all happy with the idea of people ripping songs off of legally purchased CDs for the sake of listening to them from their computers, portable music devices or burned CDs (remember how upset the industry was at Steve Jobs for “Rip. Mix. Burn.”?). That’s part of the reason why they’ve been shoving copy protection rootkits onto newer CDs. A few months ago, industry representatives even claimed that “fair use” doesn’t cover ripping CDs to listen to on your digital music player. Instead, they claimed that they were simply looking the other way when people did that out of the kindness of their heart. While it can be argued whether or not it’s fair use in the US, apparently it’s not covered in the UK — and the recording industry has magnanimously decided to ask the government to change copyright laws, to allow people to rip their own CDs, so they can be listened to on other devices. Of course, it’s ridiculous enough that the industry has to give its approval to such a move. Also, considering how often labels are now putting copy protection on CDs, combined with anti-circumvention laws, all the industry has to do is put copy protection on CDs and they’ll still be able to ban those personal copies.