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    Default Recording music off the air - legal or not?

    Dear all,
    What are the legal issues involved in recording music off the radio channels and keeping them for your own use only? I would be interested in knowing how New Zealand and other countries interpret this.

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    Default Re: Recording music off the air - legal or not?

    US..it's OK yet...or right now..but soon it will be illegal
    NZ..I think it's infringement...but I'll wait to see.


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    Default Re: Recording music off the air - legal or not?

    I would say that it would be illegal but I would also say - Who the **** cares. What are they going to do... throw you in jail

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    Default Re: Recording music off the air - legal or not?

    Yup it's illegal in NZ, you're only allowed to record for the purposes of timeshifting (meaning you are only allowed to listen to it once, then you have to delete it).
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    Default Re: Recording music off the air - legal or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamuz View Post
    Dear all,
    What are the legal issues involved in recording music off the radio channels and keeping them for your own use only? I would be interested in knowing how New Zealand and other countries interpret this.

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    I am not a legal person but.......

    I understand that as of a few months ago it became legal to timeshift or format shift audio.

    but you cant time shift or format shift video....

    so you can rip a CD for personal use.
    you can't rip a DVD.
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    Default Re: Recording music off the air - legal or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bletch View Post
    Yup it's illegal in NZ, you're only allowed to record for the purposes of timeshifting (meaning you are only allowed to listen to it once, then you have to delete it).
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    Default Re: Recording music off the air - legal or not?

    Have a look here:-
    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...-fair-use.html

    Fair use seems to be legal in so far as I may be able to change formats etc.

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    Default Re: Recording music off the air - legal or not?

    Jamuz,

    Check out page 16 of the July New Zealand PC World as well. There is some info there but one would think a case has not gone to a court at this time so copyright law may be interpreted in a manner you may not expect.

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    Default Re: Recording music off the air - legal or not?

    Say nothing, do nothing, if it is for your own personal listening pleasure who is going to know.

    Mr Plod is not going to stop you on the street, "excuse me sir can I listen to the music on your iPod and see if it is legal?" I think not.
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    Default Re: Recording music off the air - legal or not?

    Okay, I will only listen to my recorded music once then.

    I may just check it a few times for deterioration though before I eventually listen to it.
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