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Comment: Re:I did the same thing (Score 1) 176

by omnichad (#47569345) Attached to: An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax

It sometimes goes for years. Sometimes it goes the other way. One day in 2012, I looked up a tiny unincorporated community (< 100 residents) in west central Illinois and found that it had been vandalized 2 days prior. I reverted the edits and cleaned it up.

You'd think that's the sort of edit that would go unnoticed for years. Although it was pretty extensive:

Comment: Re:How do you know they bought the CD? (Score 1) 305

by omnichad (#47565837) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

But your claim that they're the owner of the CD isn't necessarily true. You could borrow a CD from the library, or a friend. How's the device to know if you actually own it?

And companies sell photocopiers, too. Those can be used for copying books - even if you don't own them.

If you don't have physical possession of the CD, you no longer have rights to the ripped copies.

If the CD is scratched or melted, you still have physical possession - you just no longer have a backup. If you lost the digital file, it would be technically illegal to go download the same track online. But I certainly wouldn't let that stop me.

Comment: Re:UMG v. (Score 1) 60

by omnichad (#47525079) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Gameboy

Look at your own link:

UMG argued, in part, that the copying was not covered by fair use because entire CDs were copied (instead of excerpts) and that the use was a commercial one (even though no fee was charged, it was supported by ad revenue).

This use would not be commercial. It's the difference between a Slingbox and Aereo. Aereo is a commercial provider. Slingbox is DIY.

And on top of that, I can't easily prove that I bought a ROM dumper on eBay/Craigslist (or borrowed one) and re-sold it once my collection was ripped. So I would hope the burden of proof that I didn't would be on them anyway.

Furthermore, piracy is not a legal or case law term - it's more of an ethical term. And ethically, it is not wrong.

"Wish not to seem, but to be, the best." -- Aeschylus