Sony BMG’s chief anti-piracy lawyer: “Copying” music you own is “stealing”: Asked whether it is wrong for people to make copies of music which they have purchased, Jennifer Pariser, the head of litigation for Sony BMG, replied,
When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song. Making ‘a copy’ of a purchased song is just
a nice way of saying she said.
steals just one copy,
Before long, Sony will be telling us that we need to pay each time we choose to play one of their songs as customers are clearly copying the music in to their own heads.
I feel obliged to restate my position: home-taping is spreading music. However, it occurs to me that it is highly likely that the head of litigation for Sony BMG might own a Walkman. Would Ms. Pariser like to assure the world that she has not stolen ‘just one copy’ of any music, whether she has purchased it or not?
If she has, will she do the honourable thing and resign?