I Own My Music

American Students Reject Free Music Downloads

As a student at Cornell University, Angelo Petrigh had access to free online music via a legal music-downloading service his school provided. Yet the 21-year-old still turned to illegal file-sharing programs.

The reason: While Cornell's online music program, through Napster, gave him and other students free, legal downloads, the email introducing the service explained that students could keep their songs only until they graduated. "After I read that, I decided I didn't want to even try it," says Mr. Petrigh, who will be a senior in the fall at the Ithaca, N.Y., school.


It is exactly the sentiment of not wanting to Rent music, that is behind the I Own My Music website run by Linux Australia as part of an awareness campaign about the DMCA legislation that will be brought into Australia in Janurary '07.

Thanks to an excellent talk given by Rusty Russel at Humbug I now know a bit more about the issues in Australia, but have yet to write a letter and send it via Snail Mail to my politicians. I should do that. I think everyone who cares about the matter should too.

The legislation that is coming into Australia will provide Music companies with the power to say where and when we're allowed to play their content. To DRM it to heck, and make it illegal to own or distribute the tools required to ignore the DRM protections.

If the current laws go through, any '''protected''' works may not have their '''protection''' circumvented. Even if that '''circumvention''' is just playing a DVD under linux, cutting up a commercial DVD to use in a presentation in a school or duplicating some music so that it can be played on your MP3 player.

I don't want music they can only play in a archaic CD player, I don't want music I can only play for a restricted time period. I don't want to pay good money to 'rent' something I feel I should be allowed to own and do with As I Please.


Anonymous said...

about time someone decided to do something about this, ots ridiculous to try and stop people from making copies of music, whether or not they want to put it up for downloading is their choice and i would pay for something, then be told what to do with it.

Anonymous said...

I believe that copyright law as a part of civil law is an area for lawyers and to be honest I know people who turned to general civil law litigation when they had such issues!