Wednesday, August 14, 2002
Add Chili Peppers; mix well...
1. Pirate recordings are the unauthorized duplication of only the sound of legitimate recordings, as opposed to all the packaging, i.e. the original art, label, title, sequencing, combination of titles etc. This includes mixed tapes and compilation CDs featuring one or more artists. 2. Counterfeit recordings are unauthorized recordings of the prerecorded sound as well as the unauthorized duplication of original artwork, label, trademark and packaging.and careful DJs also take heed. The EFF observes that "[c]opying a couple of tracks for a mix CD for a friend might also be considered fair use, or copyright infringement, depending on all the facts," but that doesn't provide much assurance, does it? (More from the EFF's Robin Gross on this subject is in this Macworld article.) All I can say from anecdotal observation is that more people today honor the speed limits on L.A. freeways than the RIAA's "piracy" definition when it comes to limited, free distribution of mix CDs. California decriminalized 65 MPH highway speeds several years ago. A similar response from our local and national lawmakers is needed here.
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