From Mike Richter: "...The law permits one to make an archival copy of an
which you own..."
My understanding is that this has never really been true.
A court held that making a backup copy of software that was sold on a floppy
disk was fair use however this case was based on the argument that floppy
disks weren't a reasonably reliable media relative to the cost of software.
Another court held that recording TV programs for playback at a different
time is fair use however that ruling did not cover archiving or even
multiple plays. There are laws that allow a specific exemption for "personal
use" copies of music recordings that have been released as a commercial
product however they don't apply to spoken word or to music recordings that
have never been commercially released.
The folks selling high tech stocks to investors have frequently been selling
people the Brooklyn Bridge when it comes to the issue of legal copies. Their
"spin" has confused something that's really pretty simple. In most cases we
don't have any right to make copies of material protected by copyright
without having the permission of the owner. That's the whole point.
Bob Olhsson Audio Mastery, Nashville TN
Mastering, Audio for Picture, Mix Evaluation and Quality Control
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