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Re: [ARSCLIST] More on the Washington Post retraction re: RIAA
The law does give the copyright owner the right to determine the terms of
use of the licence for the material. The term of the licence must be acceptable
to the licensee if the transaction is to take place. If not, you need to
renegotiate the licence terms.
Perhaps there should be a campaign for EVERYBODY to send the licence owner
and RIAA an email formally requesting permission to copy each song they want
on a hard drive or ipod. When they try to handle 300,000,000 such emails a
day, they may rethink the practically of maintaining control over actions of
people in the privacy of their own homes by the terms of their licence.
Of course se still need the provision of exempting from prosecution anyone
who has made a good faith effort (such as the above) to obtain permission
In a message dated 1/14/2008 12:01:59 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
So, to sum up, the RIAA does believe that a majority of American
music buyers are thieving criminals, but it's not going to sue anyone
over ripping MP3s because) a) it's not really a big deal to them
anymore b) there's no real way to find out and/or c) it would be
terrible publicity to sue someone for using an iPod.
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