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In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Ray Ingles wrote on 19 Apr 2006 11:12:08 -0400

I'm not so sure of that. It is illegal to *own* a "stripped" book, if I'm not mistaken. (buttuming the stripping was done by the publisher thereof, as opposed to the cover just falling off. Usually of course such books are later destroyed, presumably by shredding or incineration.)

In any event, a download has to be initiated; this makes the downloader at least somewhat culpable, buttuming it was in fact her (as opposed to her daughter, son, or some evil hacker type trying to get cute). However, I'd have to research the case, and IANAL anyway.

It is far from clear how legal this is, mostly because I for one don't know whether a DRM scheme would be able to tell a conversion from one format to another from a system simply trying to play the song (which might be construed as a conversion from a compressed format to a WAV that is then fed to a DAC). Ideally, he could do with the songs as he sees fit as long as the data stays on equipment he owns, but no giving away of burned CDs.

Then again, it depends on how cute the powers-that-be want to be with all this. No one apparently worried all that much about pirated tape casettes generated from vinyls, apparently. (If they did, I'd have to look.) And presumably some would *love* to charge by the number of times one plays the song.

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In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Ray Ingles wrote on 20 Apr 2006 11:21:26 -0400 It is almost as...

Erm...the theory of "gimme gimme"? ;-)

-- Windows Vista. Because everyone wants a really slick-looking 8-sided wheel.

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