When I was a kid I used to record songs from my transistor radio. This did not seem to be a problem, and nobody complained that I was breaking the law. It was personal use – fair use I suppose – and I wasn’t selling them.
Fast forward to 2004, and people recording from digital satellite radio. Suddenly this is a copyright infringement problem. According to this article in the Washington Post (free registration required), indicates that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is now concerned about recording of digital radio broadcasts. They have even suggested the use of a digital broadcast flag to the FCC so that they can limit what my recording equipment can do.
So what changed? Is it the fact that copying is easier? That the quality is better? Or that I might not buy the CD?
I am not pirating music. I merely want to do as I have always done – record the occasional song from the radio. What is different now?