MP3.com banned from storing CDs

Written May 6. 2000, at 21:29 GMT.

Hmmm... I must've overlooked this on the news the other day.

MP3.com lost a court case aganist RIAA. RIAA charged them with copyright infringement, and illegal broadcasting of copyrighted works, because of the My.MP3.com service that allowed users to manage into playlists and listen to streamed MP3s stored at a central music repository at MP3.com - if the users could provide "prove" that they owned a copy of the CDs at home.

According to Judge Rakoff as he explains the ruling he believes that MP3.com "does not just store already-purchased compact discs, but replays music on the Internet that it has copied without permission from recording companies".

This opinion leaves me totally baffled! Who cares who ripped the CDs and uploaded the MP3s? Would it have qualified as "fair use" if every single user had ripped their CDs at home, uploaded the songs to MP3.com's server themselves? Would MP3.com then have been required to store multiple copies of the songs (banned from deleting redundant copies to optimize disk space usage)?

Sheesh! This guy's head seems to be screwed on wrong.

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