The recording industry has argued in a court brief that individuals who copy music from CDs for personal use are breaking the law, the Washington Post reports. The claim by the Recording Industry Association of America is a dramatic rejection of what had long been considered a Fair Use right for consumers—and has driven the massive popularity of portable MP3 players.
Although the RIAA's own website assures that personal copying "won't usually raise concerns," the industry appears to be reversing this attitude. In addition to the recent legal brief, Sony BMG’s chief of litigation argued in court in October that "when an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." (Read more RIAA stories.)