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August 16, 2006 9:04 PM Subscribe
What advice -- reasonably accurate, simple, and not absurdly out of sync with the real world -- do you offer your children about sharing music?
posted by Clyde Mnestra to Media & Arts (27 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am aware of past AskMe debates on CD mailing, home taping, etc., some of which have turned on contested assertions about what is legal and what is not. While this is clearly relevant to my question, I am more acutely interested in how one boils this down for the use of a pre-teen who is understandably interested in how he can share music with his friends. FWIW, my understanding is that he has the right to copy to his MP3 player, to a computer, or to burned CDs those songs he himself owns by virtue of a purchased CD or MP3 (subject to whatever technical limits may be imposed by the delivery mechanism, like the ITunes store or the more fiendish CDs that are sometimes sold), but that if he does not own the underlying CD or MP3, he is essentially out of luck (save for heroic interpretations of fair use that rarely bear scrutiny). That is, the rights turn on ownership of the original licensed material, and if that doesn't belong to him, he should not properly be copying it.
I am happy to be convinced to the contrary, but on any view, what advice have others found to be prudent and sustainable? What rules do you think his peers are being taught? Thanks!
P.S. Though this may seem absurd, it is not even clear to me what I can say about his use of CDs that I myself own. Can one fairly say that a CD is mutually owned, so that all may copy it? If so, are CD collectives or clubs of many members tenable?