Sony BMG: Making One Copy of a Song You Own for Yourself Is "Stealing" And You Are A Criminal

Duluth, Minnesota - Testimony today in Capitol Records, et al v. Jammie Thomas quickly and inadvertently turned to the topic of fair use when Jennifer Pariser, the head of litigation for Sony BMG, was called to the stand to testify. Pariser said that file-sharing is extremely damaging to the music industry and that record labels are particularly affected. In doing so, she advocated a view of copyright that would turn many honest people into thieves.

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Rooted_Dust4491d ago

It's way too late now for this. If anything was going to be done about Peer 2 Peer file sharing of Copyrighted Music, it should have been done years ago. It would take something massive now to stop it.

SmokeyMcBear4491d ago

some lady just got hit with a $200,000 fine.. thats something right there.

Panthers4491d ago

Thats one person and they are making an example out of her. That is wrong and the penalty does not fit the crime. This should not be allowed under the constitution.

Fisher3394491d ago

It's not illegal to download songs from other ppl, its the ppl that are letting you download from them that are getting in trouble.

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RadientFlux4491d ago

wow no wonder musicians are starting to venture out on their own (ie Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails) instead of watching record companies nickel and dime their listeners.

Personally I buy hard copies of albums and then convert them to high-quality mp3's (320kbps) for my mp3 player. I guess I must be stealing.

ShiftyLookingCow4491d ago (Edited 4491d ago )

yeah like one day the police comes to your house and say they have an arrest warrant against your ipod for stealing songs.

ip-student4490d ago

That is fair use - Sony just wants to change the rules. Not feeling so supportive of Sony all of a sudden.

UnasFortuna4490d ago (Edited 4490d ago )

Sony BMG is just one record company... ALL the record companies have been fighting illegal file sharing for a long time since the beginning of the digital age. You can't lay this on Sony alone...stop trying to start a flamewar. The fact remains that if you make a copy of a song and make it available for download or give it to someone... you are liable for copyright it should be. If you want for it. It is not just the record companies that take a hit on this file is the artists...sure they are filthy rich...but, they are putting out the hard work to produce a quality product for "sale" to us all. I hope they stop all the download sites in the end...for it is the legal consumers who end up paying a higher price due to @sses trying to get something for free. As far as this stupid woman in the article, she is just that... making a copy of a song you legally purchased for use on your portable music players and ripping your own CD's for your car (which isn't that necessary these days) is not illegal and never will be. You own that CD/song and have the right to do whatever you want with it for YOUR OWN USE.

FordGTGuy4491d ago (Edited 4491d ago )

They are saying that if you own the song and you make a copy of that song for personal use then your stealing???? How does that make sense?

Actually from what they are saying if you were to put that song on your computer to your MP3 player it would be illegal because by the time you finished that you would have already made 2 copies of the original song.

ShiftyLookingCow4491d ago (Edited 4491d ago )

yeah exactly is a household supposed to buy a CD for every single MP3 player they own. That would be ridiculous

[edit] wth? thats even more ridiculous.

Blood_Spiller4491d ago

Thank God I live in Canada where it's not illegal to make a copy of a song for personal use.

FordGTGuy4491d ago

to make a copy of a song for personal use as long as you own the song.

neogeo4491d ago

If you really enjoy making music then be happy with 100k per year. If your a pop star you only care about owning 10 cars and huge bling bling then you deserve to have your music stolen. they same goes with acting. stars are too greedy. stop ripping me off with $10 to go see a movie and ill stop steeling it.

nobizlikesnowbiz4491d ago

It's really the record labels that are losing money on this, and not so much the artists.

Record labels screw the artists anyways, and take most of the profit. Artists always have and always will make their heaps of cash on tour. I mean of course, they are taking losses, but like I said it's really the record companies that are fiendishly trying to stop P2P.

It's like movie companies that were opposing VHS so much long ago. They couldn't stop it. Like they won't be able to stop this.

Omegasyde4490d ago (Edited 4490d ago )

Artists make more money touring, doing concerts, and endorsements vs. record label profits.

Artist use the record labels to put their art out there.The Record label then pays for play on radio's around the world to play that artist's musical hits.

In the end, the artist gets very little of the profits and the only thing the artist really acquires is "notoriety". MTV also has ruined music and would ratcher focus on c(RAP) videos with people wearing pants 4X sizes too big preaching about what they ate last night.

"Soldja Boy" is perhaps the best example of why people don't pay for Cd's anymore.

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