The RIAA continues to prove they are locked squarely in the “Z” section of this drawing by
Perhaps we should stage a “I am a Pirate Day“. We all dress up as pirates and go to our local police stations on a particular day at a specific time and turn ourselves in for ripping our own CD’s.
Imagine if thousands, or millions of people all turned themselves in at the same time. Do you think the police, or the courts would be pleased?
Then what would happen if we all demanded jury trials? The court system would come to a screeching halt, and not even the RIAA could muster the army of lawyers they would need to be present for each trial.
Perhaps then the judicial system would have to think about ripping music using “common sense”.
Watch this TED video as Larry Lessig makes this elegant presentation of three stories and an argument to build a case for creative freedom.
The RIAA has lodged documents in the ongoing case of the Record Industry vs Jeffrey Howell that argues that ripping music from legally purchased CDâ€™s is illegal.
If the Judge rules that the RIAA is right, any person in United States who has ever ripped a legally purchased CD will become a copyright thief and a potential target of the RIAA, and that means just about every iPod owner in the country.