Canadian Politician Claims That Ripping A CD To Your iPod Is Like Buying Socks & Stealing Shoes To Go With Them

from the these-people-don't-belong-in-gov't dept

Via Michael Geist, we learn that Canadian Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro, as part of the debate over copyright reform in Canada, is arguing fervently (and mockingly) against the right to format shift legally purchased music, say, from a CD to your digital music player. Specifically, he argues that format shifting is no different than buying one thing and then stealing a completely different product:
It's like going to a clothing store and buying a pair of socks, and going back and saying 'By the way, it wasn't socks I needed, what I really wanted was shoes, so I'm just going to take these -- I'm going to 'format shift' from socks to shoes -- and I'm not going to pay anything because it was all for my feet.'"
I wouldn't believe it myself if there wasn't video:

It's scary that people so clueless about the basics of what they're discussing not only get elected, but then presume to make new laws based on their gleefully on-display cluelessness. No one is asking people to give up a totally unrelated product. They're just saying that they quite frequently already do make use of a legally purchased good in a different context, and that should be legal. It's like saying that they buy socks, and sometimes they like to make hand puppets out of them. In the ridiculous world of MP Dean Del Mastro, such a "format shift" would require a different purchase. People like that should have no business legislating.

Filed Under: canada, copyright reform, dean del mastro, format shifting

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    Watchit (profile), 17 May 2012 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Wrong in many ways.

    The idea that they are selling "permission" to use the CD and/or the content on the CD is silly, and impossible to enforce, so why bother? When you go to the store and buy a CD (wait people still do that?) once it's left the stores hands it's yours, the store no longer has ownership or say on what you do with that CD (unless it's a rental). If anyone has a say it's the person who actually owns the copyright to the content on the CD, but they don't have anything to do with that CD, just the content on the CD. So, if you rip something off a CD for personal use, then guess what, it's fair use. It's only the copyright owner's concern if you infringe on that copyright.

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