In a Los Angeles Times poll, 69 percent of teenagers surveyed said they thought it was legal to copy a CD they own and give it to a friend.
If anything is as stupid as the RIAA in this, it's that ^^^^.
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. I think it's perfectly reasonable and logical to assume that teenagers would be unaware of the copyright infringement in sharing MP3 files they've ripped from CD's considering how easy and accessible it is. Every time you watched a video in history class your teacher taped off of PBS, you broke the law. I sure hope you reported him Madison, because I'm not sure how you lived with yourself otherwise.
I mean, seriously... 16-year-old Madison, assuming he doesn't watch the news every five seconds just like every young person since the beginning of time, gets a CD and learns how to, in 30 seconds, turn it into twelve, individual MP3 files. You're telling me that throwing those onto a thirty-cent compact disc and not realizing that you're BREAKING THE FRIGGIN LAW doesn't come across as a bit unreasonable or unrealistic?
It really does defy logic; I know if I take something physical that doesn't belong to me, it's stealing. But for a kid to buy a CD and not realize that burning the songs on that CD onto another disc is far more understandable than a huge, billion-dollar corporation saying "We don't care if you didn't know, we're going to sue you!!!!!" But since when did logic apply to US laws, right? Logics for dummy intellectuals and progressive secularists!
Hmm, classy. I sure hope the government steps in a protect the giant, billion dollar corporations against those idiot teenagers. How dare only one of them spend money so that their friends can enjoy pure, unadulterated, illegal music. It's like watching porn only half as fun!
"Gee pa, I know I'm the stupidest person in the world for not understanding the intricacies of Internation Copyright Law. I deserve to go to jail, don't I?"
"That you do son; using the modern, high-tech computer I bought you for what it was made for was clearly a violation of International law. I sure hope they speak 1337 in jail."
"But I didn't know pa, I truly didn't!"
"Too bad son, Madison says you're stupid not to know, and that's the law of the land."
If you're a battery, you're either working or you're dead....