Many of us buy CDs and rip the music to our computers so that the songs can be put on a portable device like an iPod, Zune, etc. Many of us also do the reverse and purchase songs online, and then burn them to a CD so that they can be listened to in the car, or anywhere else. Neither of those situations in my book, is considered stealing. However, according to the head of litigation for Sony BMG, Jennifer Pariser, it is and the term “stealing” music needs to be redefined.
When Pariser was asked if it was wrong for consumers to make copies of their music which they have purchased, even just one copy, she replied “When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song. Making ‘a copy’ of a purchased song is just a nice way of saying ‘steals just one copy’.” Her belief is that music labels are suffering due to piracy and that when people “take music without compensation, we are harmed.”
Under her definition of “stealing,” even making a backup of the songs that you own, even if they don’t get used and they’re strictly for backup, is considered stealing! I’d think consumers at least have the right to make one copy of the music that they own, particularly songs that were purchased and downloaded online. Before we know it, people will be taken to court by the RIAA for copying the music that they own. Ridiculous.