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Digital Audio Essentials by Bruce Fries, Marty Fries

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Copyright Laws in Action

Many people either don’t think about copyright laws or make incorrect assumptions—such as that these laws apply only to business use of copyrighted material, or they target only bootleggers and blatant pirates. However, copyright laws apply to everyone, and they not only protect the rights of artists and creators of intellectual property; they also protect consumers and manufacturers.

The following hypothetical case studies illustrate how copyright laws can affect users of digital audio formats such as MP3.

Case #1: Ripping CDs

Robert is a die-hard Kiss fan who owns every album the band ever recorded. He wanted to be able to listen to Kiss at work as well as at home, so he ripped his Kiss CDs (i.e., copied them to his hard disk), converted them to MP3 format, and then brought them to work. Beth, who works ...

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