Coppermine wrote:In the digital age, is that really so far-fetched? Digital copies aren't tangible... don't steal a candy bar/magazine/pair of scissors is far more logical than "don't make a copy of you're CD or it's stealing." Come on Mad, you never made a "mix tape" for the mrs. when you two were "courting?" Maybe some Boyz II Men or Barry White? Perhaps some New Kids On The Block? Because that was illegal too. Making restrictions on digital, non-tangible things like MP3 files is far harder than anything because it violates common sense.
Not really. If I burned a CD with Boyz II Men and Barry White tracks, by law, it's fair use...granted that 1) I own rights to the music (I'm a copyright owner or I purchased the music) and 2) don't redistribute it or publicly exhibit it (unless the terms of the license condone that or ask permission of the copyright owner).
Now, let's say I created a wrestling mashup video with some heavy metal music (both are copyrighted). Again, as long as I have rights to both works and I don't upload it to Youtube without the owner's permission, it's technically fine for personal use. If I happen to upload it to Youtube and the like, I could be in trouble - unless, my work is transformative enough to constitute fair use.
I agree that it's hard to enforce copyright law and agree furthermore that the RIAA's witch hunt smacks of stupidity because it's difficult to track who has authorized tracks or not, but there should be an awareness that the average user should have in knowing what their rights are in using pieces of work. Knowing that the RIAA is going after sharers, it should be known that you could be in trouble if you do.