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Isnt free copying of music infringing copyright law The Audio Home Recording Act AHRA 3 states No action may be brought under this title alleging infringement of copyright based on the manufacture importation or distribution of a digital audio recording device a digital audio recording medium an analog recording device or an analog recording medium or based on the noncommercial use by a consumer of such a device or medium for making digital musical recordings or analog musical recordings A literal reading of the law indicates that individuals can make copies of music recordings for personal noncommercial use and cannot be sued for copyright infringement at least as far as those devices listed above are used The message we get from this law is Music listeners start copying Why is the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 inadequate It is inadequate because the entire ethical basis of copyright law with respect to music has been perverted---free copying and other uses of music is ethical even if it is not legal The main motivation for the law being passed is due to a tariff that is imposed on blank Digital Audio Tapes DATs The tariff goes back to the music industry in order to compensate the supposed loss of profits that arise as a result of unauthorised home taping But the majority of the funds collected goes not to the creators of the music but to the record companies See Richard Stallmans The Right Way to Tax DAT for more information 4 Thus it makes sense to follow the Free Music Philosophy and encourage direct reimbursement to the artist rather than go through a bureaucratically-entangled and unbalanced system Why is freeing music the ethically right thing to do First limiting your creativity to specific audiences especially based on monetary reasons is shirking existential responsibility and destructive to society as a whole today when people create theyre creating by
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