RIAA suggests MP3 copies are "unauthorized"

RIAA suggests MP3 copies are “unauthorized”

RIAAIt appears the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has reversed their previous argument made in MGM v. Grokster where the iPod was a legitimate use of copied music. According to the RIAA supplemental brief in Atlantic v. Howell, the RIAA lawyers are claiming, “Once Defendant converted Plaintiffs’ recording into the compressed .mp3 format and they are in his shared folder, they are no longer the authorized copies distributed by Plaintiffs.”

This is very different that the previous argument against Grokster claiming, “The record companies, my clients, have said, for some time now, and it’s been on their Website for some time now, that it’s perfectly lawful to take a CD that you’ve purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod. There is a very, very significant lawful commercial use for that device, going forward.”

The Defendant has no legal counsel, making his defense against high-paid lawyers like the familiar David v. Goliath. If the RIAA gets their way, who would be spared from legal action?

About Steven Kippel

Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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