And they’re arguing the point in court. Do they understand that winning this ruling would be worse for them than losing?

I guess not.

Now, in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: 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.

Back when I was a kid learning how to swim at the YMCA, they’d teach us lifesaving techniques.  They’d remind us that a desperate drowning person can take you down with them without even realizing they’re doing it.

I think that may be what the music companies end up doing to copyright law.

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