I consider myself a law-abiding citizen; I havenâ€™t been to jail or fined for breaking the law. Today I bought the new Audioslave CD, â€œOut of Exile,â€ and I noticed the new FBI Anti-Piracy sticker on the back. I donâ€™t burn copies of a CD and give them out or sell them. Instead, I burn one copy for the car and download the music into my computer to use with my portable digital jukebox. They are strictly for personal use; I do not broadcast their contents illegally, share them online, or give them away. I am not rich enough to buy multiple copies of one album, and doing so is practically ridiculous. But the anti-piracy sticker got me thinking and researching, so here is what Iâ€™ve found.
The FBI is working with recording associations (Recording Industry of America Association â€“ RIAA and Motion Picture Association of America â€“ MPAA) to help stop piracy of their membersâ€™ materials. Technically, according to an RIAA lawyer, it is illegal to copy music from a copyrighted source to another. However, the practicality of enforcing the law is so difficult that it is rarely pursued. The Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 states that â€œcopyright holders cannot sue the average user for making home recordings of their musicâ€ (Van Ness, see CD Burning Software Review article below).
Below are some links that provide more information. In the meantime, Iâ€™ll continue my current practice.