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January 3rd, 2004
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Date:January 3rd, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
Good question. Technically, every CD you ever bought expressly forbids you to do that, and adds that "by unsealing this CD you agree with the terms" etc. Practically, various courts of law have decreed repeatedly that it is within the rights of an owner of a recorded work to make a backup copy of that work for personal use.

So the short answer is "yes, you can do so quite ethically." The "book metaphor" is often applied here -- treat it like a paper book: it cannot be simultaneously enjoyed by two people. So if you make a copy and take it to your new home, it should not happen that someone at your parents' would listen to the same music as well.

Of course, this is a naive and problematic metaphor, so forget about it.
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Date:January 3rd, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
Well, it's like making a backup copy, and that's legal.

Thanks for the answer.
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Date:January 3rd, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
imho it is even legal for one to download copyrighted songs, videos and software he legally owns from p2p networks and other sources, even if they have been put there illegally. for instance if i own a cd and it got damaged from scratches, copying the content of the cd off somewhere else is still legal.
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Date:January 3rd, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
Technically, every CD you ever bought expressly forbids you to do that

Well, not *every* CD. I have right here in my hands a CD I purchased last month, Jim's Big Ego's They're Everywhere - a professionally printed and recorded studio album from a long time (and fairly well known) indy band, which I bought at full price. It states in the liner notes that it's licensed under the Creative Commons license, which allows various ways of sharing and copying the music.

Granted, it's the exception rather than the rule, but these things are out there. And I was very happy when A Band I Like decided to just go ahead and use this.
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Date:January 3rd, 2004 10:45 pm (UTC)

This is like...

a musical GPL! Way cool!
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