Originally Posted by AVB
I am fairly familiar with the RIAA stance and have never seen anything about the "friends and family" portion of your statement. A quick look at their website didn't revel anything except:
"The copy is just for your personal use. Itís not a personal use Ė in fact, itís illegal Ė to give away the copy or lend it to others for copying."
And their hard-line stance on even personal copying even though the courts have ruled against this in the case of personal use:
"If you make unauthorized copies of copyrighted music recordings, you're stealing. You're breaking the law and you could be held legally liable for thousands of dollars in damages."
17 USC 1008 is the appropriate statute for this and it makes no mention of "friends and family"
Please point me towards your support for your statement when you get a chance.
I'm thinking this deserves to be it's own thread. I have read the same page at RIAA.com (not .Org which tells you somthing) and it is all about what they don't say. For example:
Examples of easy ways you could violate the law:
* Somebody you donít even know e-mails you a copy of a copyrighted song and then you turn around and e-mail copies to all of your friends.
(But it is not illegal for you to receive and listen to that copy as much and as often as you like - provided you don't copy and distribute that copy!)
* You make an MP3 copy of a song because the CD you bought expressly permits you to do so. But then you put your MP3 copy on the Internet, using a file-sharing network, so that millions of other people can download it.
(But if you personally give an MP3 (or even an AIFF) copy of music from a CD that you purchased to a friend or family member (read "someone you know personally for some length of time) so as to share (and encourage them to purchase for themselves), that is legal).
* Even if you donít illegally offer recordings to others, you join a file-sharing network and download unauthorized copies of all the copyrighted music you want for free from the computers of other network members.
* In order to gain access to copyrighted music on the computers of other network members, you pay a fee to join a file-sharing network that isnít authorized to distribute or make copies of copyrighted music. Then you download unauthorized copies of all the music you want.
* You transfer copyrighted music using an instant messenging service.
* You have a computer with a CD burner, which you use to burn copies of music you have downloaded onto writable CDs for all of your friends.
(But nothing about if you make copies for your friends from a CD you purchased!)
RIAA, would you please post here and clarify this issue, more clearly?