CD Copywrite information
Category: Business and Money > Small Businesses
Asked by: yellowsub-ga
List Price: $4.50
02 Feb 2004 17:17 PST
Expires: 03 Mar 2004 17:17 PST
Question ID: 302967
I run a small business where I frame and sell autographs of pop stars along with a picture and CD. Its not majorly profitable but its fun! I sell a lot of items on ebay and here is my question: Can I add a copy of the framed CD with the item I sell? Obviously the buyer cannot listen to the framed CD and I know you are allowed to make a backup copy of any CDs you own. Am I allowed to give the backup copy away with the original CD and frame, or will this get me in trouble. Many thanks!!
Re: CD Copywrite information
Answered By: haversian-ga on 06 Feb 2004 15:14 PST
'Afternoon yellowsub, Actually, if you make a backup copy, you are *required* to give it away (or destroy it) with the original! The courts have upheld the concept of space shifting of content. That is, if you buy a CD, you are allowed to create a tape of it, put it on your computer or an MP3 player, etc. for personal use. Naturally when you sell one copy (the original), you can't keep the "backup" around to listen to. Some reputable sources to look at for more in-depth discussions of the legal issues involved: The Electronic Frontier Foundation http://www.eff.org/ http://www.eff.org/issues/copyright/ http://www.eff.org/IP/eff_fair_use_faq.php Stanford University (contains many links) http://fairuse.stanford.edu/ Search terms: fair use and space shifting and backup copy copyright law and space shifting supreme court rulings fair use -Haversian
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