Which brought me to this article...which seems just about the most ridiculous thing ever. Now, I don't live in the UK, but the US can't be far behind...and this does seem to echo the RIAA debate.
So if it IS technically illegal to rip your own legally purchased CDs to your computer and transfer them to mp3 players, and/or make compilations for *personal use only* (which again seems almost hallucinatory in its idiocy), how is it that iPods and Zunes are even allowed to proliferate? Is the loophole that you should really only be using/transferring music you've bought/downloaded from the iTunes store, etc.? In what bloody universe does this make sense? *rolling eyes* And why isn't iTunes held responsible for their flagrant encouragement of illegal conduct? They are advertising the fact that you can rip CDs to your computer, burn playlists to disc, etc. I'm confused that they haven't been held responsible for that, if indeed it is even technically illegal.
I know, I know, it's piracy and file sharing that are the big concern here, but if they're going to state that the above "fair use" practices are actually illegal, I'd be curious as to the answer to these questions.
P.S. Sigh. Ah, innocence. I've always enjoyed the experience of making a mixed CD for a friend, knowing that I was actually helping the artist by introducing my friends to their music (my personal rule of thumb is never to put more than two songs by the same artist on one CD). I myself have bought dozens of CDs after being introduced to the music by a friend's mix. Before the iTunes era this made sense, but now that every song is individually available for sale, I suppose I've lost my warm fuzzy high moral ground. Hmph...