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#1 Slimy

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 22:57

The music industry's educational video about copyright law has been declared full of "baloney," according to several trade and public interest groups.

The Consumer Electronics Association and Public Knowledge are among the groups to issue a joint statement condemning some statements on the Recording Industry Association of America's video, which the RIAA has plans to distribute to the nation's universities.

The RIAA's video, a copy of which can be found on its Web site, suggests that students should be skeptical of free content and that its always illegal to make a copy of a song, even if its just to introduce a friend to a new band, said Robert Schwartz, general counsel for the Home Recording Rights Coalition, one of the groups opposed to the video.

The RIAA has feuded often with groups representing companies, such as CD-burner manufacturers, that have a stake in music sharing. They claim the music industry tramples over the rights of individuals as it fights music piracy. The RIAA has aggressively litigated against people who share music files on the Web for the past several years. The RIAA's strategy now is to launch a campaign to educate young people of the consequences they face when they download music illegally.

"First, we were told we should not enforce our rights," said an RIAA representative responding to critics of the video. "Now we are told education is wrong, too. We won't accept such a do-nothing approach. We'll continue to work with respected higher-education groups to engage students to think critically about these issues."

The RIAA says that more than 350 universities have expressed interest in the video.

In the RIAA's seven-minute video, the narrator attempts to explain copyright law and some of the other hazards with downloading music from the Web, such as being sued or arrested. At one point, the narrator tells viewers it's okay for them to make a copy for themselves "as long as it's for you."

"Making copies for your friends, or giving it to them to copy, or e-mailing it to anyone is just as illegal as free downloading," the video narrator says.

This appears to contradict a statement made in the Frequently Asked Question section that accompanies the video, Schwartz claims.

An FAQ-section question asks whether someone who has bought music has the right to ever upload or download music. The RIAA's answer says that it's okay for productive or scholarly works. The video's critics say the response makes no mention of allowable uses for home recordings, even for individual use, which the law allows.

"The RIAA seems to be making up the rules instead of citing any consistent interpretation or precedent as to the law," Schwartz said.

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#2 ViperAFK

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 23:00

See the riaa is confused about themselves, which makes me confused, and they make silly rules that only benifit themselves
= PROFIT!!!

#3 thollian

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 23:01

interesting...

#4 primexx

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 23:11

Not more of this RIAA BS.

#5 zivan56

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 23:17

If they attempt to show this video to you at Univ, just simply walk out of the room.

#6 vetbangbang023

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 23:20

The problem is that they simply won't accept technology. It's not that we're asking them to do nothing. The general consumer just wants them to embrace the technology as we have.

#7 crimsonhead

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Posted 30 August 2006 - 23:31

Ah yes, a sign that they can't control piracy. "Just scare em! Do whatever you have to do to make em stop! This thing has gone way out of control!"

When they say you'll get viruses from the p2p apps, it reminds me of the antivirus commercial "Is your computer performing slower or just acting weird?" its like saying "Are you tired after work?"

#8 kribby

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 05:13

the RIAA fudging the truth for their own benefit....no.....never the RIAA :rolleyes:

Congrats RIAA....you just made a video that makes me more ****ed off with you. Seeing that kid work 40 hours a week just to fill up Sherman's bathtub of gold coins....just shameful

#9 Popcorned1

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 11:44

That movie is totally wrong. The IT repair guy said most of the corrupted hard drives are caused by p2p applications.

Anyone stupid enough to go and download and use Kazaa deserves to get viruses and spyware.

#10 Arkaic

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 11:51

Die, Just DIE RIAA! :laugh:

#11 +M2Ys4U

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 13:12

don't copy that floppy!!

:p

Well at LAST some big corps are standing up to the RIAA. They need more support. I say we organise a protest at RIAA members' AGMs.

#12 leesmithg

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 13:14

the RIAA fudging the truth for their own benefit....no.....never the RIAA :rolleyes:

Congrats RIAA....you just made a video that makes me more ****ed off with you. Seeing that kid work 40 hours a week just to fill up Sherman's bathtub of gold coins....just shameful



What them, those that are so clean and pure?

<sarcasm>Tell me this is all a dream!</sarcasm>

#13 vetPL_

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 13:49

Egad! It's the R-I-A of A again, come to ruin our dreams of living in a society where nobody is sued! I say enough is enough! It is high time that somebody sent them a tape recording, insulting their dress sense!

But seriously, they are full of crap. Torrents FTW.

#14 kribby

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 15:52

What them, those that are so clean and pure?

<sarcasm>Tell me this is all a dream!</sarcasm>

it must be....your statement made no sense to me :D

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 16:53

The RIAA says that more than 350 universities have expressed interest in the video.



only reason i could see, is that so they can avoid legal trouble with the RIAA when one of the students is caught sharing

the other is the cost of the bandwidth