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Hi Mason:

In my amateur opinion, I betcha a hard drive rip (one) counts as a preservation copy. The reason 
being, it's not practical to make CDR of every CD a library buys, under the assumption that the 
original will wear out at date known. It's too labor-intensive. But using something like dBPowerAmp 
to keep a hard drive full of WAV and then burning a new CDR when needed (ie the original is so 
abused that it's not playable anymore) seems like it's doable by any library that has a 
semi-tech-savvy librarian on staff. I'm not saying even that modest level of tech savvy covers even 
the plurality of local libraries, but there's a generation of non-savvy librarians about to retire 
so it might get better.

I keep telling my local library -- study up on fair use and don't be afraid to assert your rights. 
It's a good time to figure out the boundaries because I highly doubt a megaglomerate or their RIAA 
lapdogs would go after a local library for anything but horrible abuse of fair-use. The negative 
publicity would be considerable so the legal precedent would need to be worth it.

-- Tom Fine


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mason Vander Lugt" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2013 4:26 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America


> |I have never seen any case-law that says a
> library can't circulate a CDR as long as they hold the original CD.
>
> I'm a librarian. The right to circulate a 'preservation' copy (under
> specific conditions) is probably my favorite part of the copyright code
> (Section 108) :)
>
> http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/108
>
>