RIAA Flubs Chance To Actually Respond To Questions About CD Ripping
from the nice-work,-guys dept
That's why it shouldn't be surprising (or "ironic") that we pointed out where the Washington Post and others were wrong in describing a particular lawsuit filed by a record label against Jeffrey Howell. It does no one any good to fight that battle until it's actually necessary. In fact, by saying the RIAA is saying something they have not, it only gives the RIAA more ammo to suggest that those of us who are legitimately critiquing their policies are simply "making stuff up."
So, while I disagree with folks saying that it's impossible to unfairly malign the RIAA, it is rather telling (as pointed out at that same link) to look at how the RIAA has responded to this debate. If they were smart and had any strategic PR sense at all (I know, I know, stop laughing...), someone at the RIAA should have come out quickly and made a clear statement saying: "Ripping CDs for personal use is, and always has been, perfectly legal. We will not, and have not, sued anyone who does that." It's an easy, proactive statement that the RIAA could make. It wouldn't be conceding anything, as it's a factual statement based on the law. Instead, the RIAA has remained mostly quiet or made more careful statements, rather than just coming out and saying: "Yes, you can rip your CDs for personal use." And, for that, the RIAA should absolutely be maligned -- not because of any hatred or anti-RIAA sentiment -- but because it's just dumb and self-defeating.