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Sunday, December 30, 2007

RTFB

This stands for "Read The Fucking Brief." This article from the Washington Post claims that Jeffrey Howell is being sued by RIAA for doing nothing more than ripping a CD that he purchased to his PC. Well, there's a little more to it then that.

Yes, in the brief Atlantic argues that making a personal copy is copyright infringement, which has caused the flap, but the crux of the suit is that this guy ripped the CD to his Kazaa shared folder. Atlantic argues that Howell transferred the tracks there. Howell says that he was at work when they took the screen-shots of his shared folder, but a "malfunction" had occurred that caused his computer to erroneously move the 57 tracks in to his Kazaa shared folder-to join the the 2000+ other music tracks that were already present. Heh.

I hate RIAA, and I will not buy a CD produced by a major label until they end their crusade, but this sloppy and irresponsible "journalism" from the Washington Post is far worse.

-Tommy

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