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Regarding hints on evading iTunes Store copy protection
Authored by: zarqman on May 08, '03 11:09:51PM
1. You believe every artist is rich. Wrong, only the very successful artists are rich.

agreed.

If everyone acted like you, there would be no musicians or writers and you would have no music to copy.

as a musician and a composer i heartily disagree. i do music because it's in me itching to get out. any commited artist is the same way. if they're able to make a living doing it, great! (wish i could.) but the assumption that we'd have no music (or other art) simply because artists can't make a fulltime living at it is a bit short-sighted.

2. You think serving your music up and if someone copies it, it is not your problem. Wrong, you offered it up to be copied illegally. When you buy the music, you own the medium, and the right to listen to it yourself. You do not have the right to allow others to copy it. That is illegal, whether you like it or not.

you're lumping the legal in with the illegal here. 'serving' up music online for others is illegal, agreed. however, it is legal for anyone in the u.s. to copy something, from an original, for themself. don't believe any of it? check out the audio home recording act (ahra). now, it's odd how the law appears to be written. you cannot make a copy of an original cd and give the copy away. however, you can borrow your friend's original cd, make a copy for yourself, and give the original back. if it's a digitial copy, and you don't own/keep the original, the copy probably does need to be copied onto media for which a copying-tax has been paid. this would be "audio" cdr's, minidiscs, or dat tapes. analog copies, because of the inherent degredation, are also legit. i have heard an argument that mp3s or other lossy compressed formats should be considered like analog copies, but that's definitely stretching the law and has not been tested in court.

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