Shifting From File Sharing To Stream Ripping?

from the is-that-really-happening? dept

MusicLover writes "As users continue to try fending off the ever more litigious music industry, some seem to have dropped P2P entirely, moving to Ripping instead.  While they loose some control over what they are downloading, it's a untraceable way to download music (no way for the RIAA to track users or sue).  With some of the more powerful software that's been coming out recently, stream ripping has become more main-stream. Some of the more well known software packages, like StationRipper, allow users to download several thousand songs on a daily basis.  And, depending on how you read the law, it's 100% legal.  How will the RIAA respond?  As more users move to this type of technology to avoid the P2P lawsuits, how will the music industry respond?" Well, some of the comments are a bit misleading. It's not clear just how mainstream this technology really is, and it's certainly not nearly as user friendly for users as basic file sharing applications. The idea is that it records songs directly from streaming radio stations (though, right now, it looks like only certain kinds of streaming radio stations work with the software). Also, copying a song off the radio (which is this basically equivalent to) often involves a lower quality offering with songs cutting into each other, DJs talking over the music and other radio-related reasons why it's not the same as getting a full track.
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    Bob Thedino, 22 Apr 2004 @ 12:09am

    Re: Slashdot rippig off

    Erm, Slashdot is just a bunch of links to other interesting sites or news stories. It gave a link to this story on techdirt. I don't see how you can complain about them "ripping off" the story, when all they're doing is quoting it and linking to it!!! Isn't that what the web is all about?

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