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  1. Getting rid of CD's?

    Really? Seams like it’s pretty important to you that we understand and accept your views on the legal and moral position on copyright legislation!
  2. Getting rid of CD's?

    As you say copyright and ownership of copyright is a very complicated situation. And even if an artist owns the copyright they may not have rights to distribution - often distribution rights are sold for a certain period to a record label and its then up to them to decide what to produce / sell. I’m sure it’s not the only case, but I know of one artist who was (in the late 90s: having been “famous” in the late 80s - early 90s) “bootlegging” their own recordings because their record label wasn’t selling their music but they couldn’t legally goto another distributor.
  3. The New CA Issues and Feedback Thread

    I'm probably missing something obviously ... but is there now no way to "jump to first unread post" once you are viewing a thread?
  4. I might be missing something obvious ... but once in a thread you can no longer click to "jump to first unread post".
  5. Getting rid of CD's?

    It is overly strict yes, and no body really sticks to it. As I commented, to me “personal use” is the key. If you own the CD then you can copy it for personal use, but if you no longer own the CD especially if you sell it or give it away so others can sell it, you are no longer the person who has “personal use” of the CD. Anyway as I commented before, I have no real worry what people do, but if they ask the question, that is what I think is the correct thing and however people justify other behaviour they are breaking at least the spirit (or perhaps the morality) of copyright legislation. Basically threads like this are people wanting to be told they can do things with a clear conscience. Well no I don’t think you can sell your CDs, keep the rips and have a clear conscience.
  6. Getting rid of CD's?

    It’s very clear in the UK, you are not allowed (legally) to make any copy under the current legislation as the new rules were found to be illegal. (Yes I know, but the UK courts have the ability to rule new legislation “illegal”). As I commented above Jud, as much as anything I was trying to go beyond what the law says (and I’m not a lawyer and definitely not a US Interlectual Property lawyer) and what is reasonable behaviour. As I understand it US legislation and fair use allows you to make copies for personal use? Well assuming that is right, I would hazard that any “personal use” would be defined by the use of the person who currently owns the original. If you pass the CD in a form that someone else can use, they then own the original so any personal use would become the personal use of the new owner. (Well that’s how I would see it, who knows if the courts would see it similar and be so reasonable!)
  7. Getting rid of CD's?

    Of course you can listen to the backup copy. What you can't do is continue to listen to the backup if you no longer own the original! At the end of the day though ... we aren't so much discussing what the law says as what people think is reasonable. Do what you feel is right; but don't try to justify it through manipulation of the working of laws. I think we all know that the spirit of the law is that buying a CD (or paying for a download) allows you to have that music for you to listen to and play to your friends and family. You may disagree with the fairness of the laws and the fairness of musicians and record companies; but in essence that is what the law is designed. If someone else wants a copy of that music; then they have to buy it themselves. If you want to get rid of the CD of the music, then if you are transferring the CD to someone else for them to own, you no longer have the rights to the music on that CD. 1 purchase. 1 person's copy. Do what you want, but don't try to justify that its legal.
  8. Getting rid of CD's?

    Incorrect ... the scale of redistribution does not matter. Redistrubtion on ANY scale (even a single copy which would occur if you ripped the CD, gave the CD away and kept the rip is "Piracy". Piracy however is not a term defined in law.
  9. Light Harmonic Labs RIP

    I don't have any financial interest in Light Harmonic Labs (not paid for crowdfunding "ideas" or anything) but it strikes me that they have been more naive than deliberately dishonest. They have more ideas than they can manage, and instead of focussing on getting one product to shipping before working on the next, Larry Ho appears to have lots of good ideas ... but the boring bit of turning exciting concept into shippable product is where he / Light Harmonic fail.
  10. Crutchfield Nearly Banned Me!

    There have been cases of Amazon banning users who regularly return things (at least here in UK). But I think its called ... we have a open returns policy; but won't deal with people who take the piss!
  11. Getting rid of CD's?

    It's there performance, they can put whatever conditions they like on it. You can't (legally). Same with CDs given away for free with magazines / newspapers or mail in offers.
  12. Getting rid of CD's?

    Maybe what I meant didn't come across properly ... I agree with you ... but people were putting that suggestion forward as justification for copying!
  13. Getting rid of CD's?

    Come on it’s a simple arithmetic ... 1 copy if a CD allows you one copy of the music. It doesn’t allow you to distribute the music weather for profit or not. What you choose to do yourself is between you and your conscience and the “copyright police” and courts should you get investigated, but don’t pretend that ripping and CD and then passing the CD on for others to listen to/rip is anything less than distributing copies of a CD. Arguments around friends listening with and without you are just methods to justify copying CDs.
  14. Recommend an ADC

    One thing you need to consider (IMO) is if you are happy with analogue transcription or if you are planning on any digital processing. If the latter, then you probably want to look for the best PCM ADC you can; if the former (no processing) then DSD can give better results. To add another device to your list for consideration ... Lynx Hilo.
  15. How to convert Spotify to MP3

    Legal by the letter of the law perhaps in some jurisdictions, but would it be moral? You pay Spotify so the artist gets a per play fee. If you make a copy and/or write it to a CD the artist no longer gets a fee. If you're doing this why bother with Spotify, cut out the middle man and just download it from BitTorrent, the artist gets about the same rights fee!