CD piracy - some details please

I would like to know some details about copyright infringement.
Me and my freinds have a lot of CDs in common. It set me thinking “What a waste of money!! I could simply borrow the Cd from my friend and just make a copy in my lab. I wont be paying him. So, no piracy!! Cool!!”
Question is: Am I correct?
Anybody have any idea?

That is the definition of piracy. The fact that no money is exchanged is irrelevant.

Survey says “XXX.” Veera, even though your friend’s not profiting, whoever made the CD is being deprived of their royalties because of the fact that you recorded someone else’s CD rather than buying one yourself. I do believe that you can tape your own CD’s as long as you keep it in your possession (e.g. for road trips if your car lacks a CD player). Anyone care to confirm or deny this?

Ah, but if it were that simple. I think you really know that even if you don’t pay your friend it’s still illegal, not to mention unethical. Technically speaking, the recording artist and everybody else involved is still losing money, since you are getting two (or more) for the price of one. But, being the owner of a CD burner myself, it is sometimes tempting to call one of those Time-Life places and get a 20 CD box set, only to copy them and send them back. So far, though, the thought of the record police has helped me refrain from doing so.

About the only way to get away with duping cd’s to cd’s is if you want to dupe your own cd’s for backup purposes.

To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion.

Thanks Everyone!!
Got the message.
Unofficial end of thread.

Of course, I doubt anyone said anything when we used to record tapes way back in the early 80’s. I think the record companies are making a stink now because they thought they finally had a copy proof medium, which they obviously don’t.

No, roksez, the recording industry has always been concerned about home taping of prerecorded material, for the simple reason that they have the legal copyright on the material, granting them the right to exclusively distribute and make money from copies of the material for a specified amount of time.

Music, movies, TV and books don’t grow from magic beans, folks.

I believe that, in addition to making backups, it’s also legal to use a CD recorder to make your own compilations. In other words, if you want to record one song each from twenty different CD’s you own onto one CD.

I know this discussion has pretty much reached a conclusion, but I have to throw in my own bit.

Having known a few professional or nearly musicians, I have a strong feeling on duping copyrighted music. How about we discover a way for you (Mr. Hypothetical Person)to double your job productivity and then pay you only half because “you’re only having to work half as hard?”

The analogy probably breaks down in there somewhere, but the fact remains that people went to work, produced a product the public likes, and they deserve to be paid for the effort.

It always surprises me when people say right out to the world that they are going to commit piracy.

Au contraire. The fact that no money changed hands is exactlywhat makes it piracy or theft. The artist did not get paid for his work.

(Just stating the obvious).

The Straight Dope and The Chicago Reader do not support or condone the theft of intellectual property in any medium.

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Related question. How do y’all feel about bootlegs from concerts? Some artists are fine with them, and even encourage people. (Dave Matthews comes to mind…) Others are against it. The logic I’ve seen for artists not minding if people buy them is “If someone wants a live show that badly, they already probably have all of our other stuff already.” Personally, I agree with this view - the bootlegs I’ve bought have been after I already owned everything else by the artist.

Opinions from the Teeming Millions?

I’m a major collector of bootlegs, and you’re right: I collect bands that I already own all their official product. I even have bootlegs that were later released officially, and I STILL buy the official version. I don’t sell these, but I trade tapes of them. I think what pisses off artists and record companies is when other people make money off them. Straight piracy of official releases is one thing, and I’m against that, but most bootlegs are things the record companies won’t touch. Just because I’m willing to buy CD’s of 15 different Van Halen concerts doesn’t mean everyone is. Anyways, as the immortal Lemmy Kilmister sez: “I don’t make any money off bootlegs, but I don’t lose any either!”


So I can quote Contestant#3 than?