All in all, I'm really not sympathetic to the plight of the RIAA and its members. They dug their own hole on this one by conspiring to rip people off in multiple ways. It's about time they get a taste of their own medicine.
Bingo. While I agree that stealing intellectual and artistic property is wrong, the RIAA isn't exactly as pure as the driven snow. In fact, there is very little to differentiate them from the mafia in terms of the manner in which they've been conducting their business for years now. All my MP3's were either taken from CD's I legitimately purchased, or downloaded as samples from sites like MP3.com. (Yes, really). They are for my use. I don't even understand how to set up and use P2P software, as I have no use for it.
However, when the RIAA starts saying that I can't tranfer a track from a CD that I fairly purchased onto an MP3 so I can laod it into my player and listen to it while I ride my motorcycle, they are crossing the line. The long and short of it is that the RIAA has been overtaken by technology. Their strongarm pricing rackets on albums contributed to the volume of illegal downloading. Now they are like the buggywhip manufacturers of the early 20th century petitioning Congress to outlaw motorcars. The Internet is no more going away than motorcars did, and the sooner they get that through their head, the more time they'll have to find a new method of marketing and distribution.
Sorry, Charlie. You're gonna have to find a new line of work. And maybe you'll be just a bit more honest about it next time around. AFter all, if CD's were priced reasonably in comparison to their manufacturing cost, this whole issue would be a mole-hill of miniscule proportions, as it'd be a lot easier for someone to go buy a five dollar CD than to download and burn all the songs.
You're a dinosaur, RIAA; adapt or die. That's the way capitalism survives technological change, not by whining about it. That'll just get you extinct more quickly.