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MP3s illegal? FOX and Friends get it right, then correct themselves to get it wrong

Reported by Chrish - December 31, 2007 -

FOX and Friends reported, sorta, this morning 12/31/07 that now the The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is saying that consumers can not legally "rip" selections from legally purchased CDs onto their personal computers, calling it theft.
With video.

A Washington Post article reports that

"In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

The industry's lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argues in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings."

[snip]

"RIAA's hard-line position seems clear. Its Web site says: "If you make unauthorized copies of copyrighted music recordings, you're stealing. You're breaking the law and you could be held legally liable for thousands of dollars in damages."

[snip]

"But lawyers for consumers point to a series of court rulings over the last few decades that found no violation of copyright law in the use of VCRs and other devices to time-shift TV programs; that is, to make personal copies for the purpose of making portable a legally obtained recording."

Steve Doocy characterized the story as "scary," Alisyn Camerota opined that they're trying to make as much money as possible, and Brian Kilmeade, after cracking himself up with a joke about boomboxes and walkmen, said they're goal is to jail everybody. Camerota said "they" want you to buy each song for ninety-nine cents, (downloads) they don't want you to buy a CD. Doocy corrected her and said they want you to buy the CD, they don't want you to make a copy of it and give it away. Kilmeade, in a final joke, said he got fined $35 for humming along.

Har har, In the excitement of making the show fun they screwed up the story. The new issue addressed in the Washington Post article, which was referenced, is that of people who buy CDs legally and then "rip" all or part of it onto their personal computers, to listen to as they work or surf. But news is secondary in this little cult of personality.