In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.Say what?
So let me get this straight, record company lawyers. I have in my collection over 450 legally acquired CDs, some bought brand-new, some bought used, some given to me but paid for by someone else. If you were to average how much all my CDs cost me, on average, I'd have to say $5 a piece, and that's a low estimate, but just for the sake of argument, let's use it and say it cost me about $2,250 to get my hundreds of CDs. (And remember, that's a low estimate.)
So the record companies want to make it illegal for me to protect my investment by burning these CDs on the hard drive of my computer? Because they control the rights to the songs?
Maybe in your house the record companies control your music collection, but in my house, that responsibility is mine and mine alone. I don't need to ask permission from Sony to turn my stereo on or to burn this CD or that CD to my hard drive. They don't have veto power over the volume. They can't prevent me from skipping over a crappy song or listening to the same song twice in a row. They have no say.
They gave that up when they committed the music to tape and then sold it to me for $14.99 retail!