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  • Is it illegal to burn CDs?

    I was wondering, if I bought a CD and burned it for my own personal use, is that illegal?

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    Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

    Isn't it for personal use it's ok, but to copy and give away or sell, it's not? I don't remember.
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      Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

      As long as you own an original piece of music (CD, Tape, mp3..) , you are authorized to make copies for yourself.

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      • #4
        Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

        Copying a CD for your own personal use is completely legal.

        Copying it to give freely to a friend is probably illegal, but I doubt has ever or will ever be prosecuted. With no money exchange, it'd be a tough case to argue.

        Producing many copies to give away freely can get you in trouble if you're caught. But it would have to be a pretty wide-scale distribution to get noticed.

        If money is involved, you've got less legal footing. No one's going to go after you if you make a copy for your friend and they give you the 30 cents for the disc. But producing and selling multiple copies is not a good idea.

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        • #5
          Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

          it is definitely legal to make copies for your own personal use as everyone has said. giving away a copy may or may not be legal, but making copies and selling them is definitely illegal as well.

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          • #6
            Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

            Originally posted by Soulquarian
            As long as you own an original piece of music (CD, Tape, mp3..) , you are authorized to make copies for yourself.
            Digital Music (e.g. downloaded from iTunes, the newest Napster, etc.) are a little bit trickier on the legal side. Because of the DMCA [Digital Millinium Copyright Act] and DRM [Digital Rights Management] technologies, it is becoming difficult practically and legally to copy any DRM'ed music. There are many stories of people who own $20,000 stereos, yet cannot play their .99 songs on them. Not to go off on a tangent, but the terms fair use and public domain are being eroded as we speak. Creative Commons, The Electric Frontier Foundation and others are trying to create a happy medium where artists rights are protected, yet consumers are given fair rights do what they want with their legally purchased music (within reason, of course).





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            • #7
              Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

              Originally posted by fastpassmountain
              Digital Music (e.g. downloaded from iTunes, the newest Napster, etc.) are a little bit trickier on the legal side. Because of the DMCA [Digital Millinium Copyright Act] and DRM [Digital Rights Management] technologies, it is becoming difficult practically and legally to copy any DRM'ed music. There are many stories of people who own $20,000 stereos, yet cannot play their .99 songs on them. Not to go off on a tangent, but the terms fair use and public domain are being eroded as we speak. Creative Commons, The Electric Frontier Foundation and others are trying to create a happy medium where artists rights are protected, yet consumers are given fair rights do what they want with their legally purchased music (within reason, of course).
              Regardless of what protections the providers of downloadable music put into the files, it is LEGAL to make copies for personal use. It's also LEGAL for them to prevent you from making any copies. You are neither forbidden from making copies, nor do you have an inherent right to make copies. If you can make copies, as long as you're not selling them, it's legal.

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              • #8
                Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

                Originally posted by fastpassmountain
                There are many stories of people who own $20,000 stereos, yet cannot play their .99 songs on them.
                Then their stereo is outdated and they need new components...
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                • #9
                  Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

                  Originally posted by cellarhound
                  Then their stereo is outdated and they need new components...
                  Figuratively, of course.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

                      I pretty much agree with everyone that has chimed in. The interesting thing is this...

                      I am an Internet DJ and deal with a lot of music that is obscure from 40-60 years ago. Much of the music is not availaibe legally. If the record conglomerates decide to issue any of it the CD's are expensive ($20+) because otherwise they can't make any money from it. Bootleggs are rampant because the music is hard to find (for profit/for preservation purposes). The Sono Bono Copyright extension has made things very difficult. In fact the majority of US sound recordings from 1890-1964 are commercially unavailable to the public legally. It is so sad to see that the music industry has caused a black market, including p2p's because enthusiasts of obscure music don't want to buy lega/bootlegs because the artists get nothing (record companies taking advantage of young kids who knew nothing about the business)

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                      • #12
                        Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

                        what i learned in class...
                        you may make one copy for ourself of any disk...

                        you may not make a copy for someone else...

                        what i find hard.. if they make it harder to get music off of CDs.. what about if i am copying them to play on my iPod.. like many people do... they ahve problems like this all the time..

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                        • #13
                          Re: Is it illegal to burn CDs?

                          Originally posted by figment1986
                          what i learned in class...
                          you may make one copy for ourself of any disk...

                          you may not make a copy for someone else...

                          what i find hard.. if they make it harder to get music off of CDs.. what about if i am copying them to play on my iPod.. like many people do... they ahve problems like this all the time..
                          Annoying, but nothing you can do about it. It's not illegal to make that copy, but you are not guaranteed the right either. If you find a way around it, they can't bust you, but that doesn't stop them from making it difficult.

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