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Fair use and highway robbery

A News.com reader writes that holding individual music listeners hostage for other people's piracy seems unfair.

 

  
Fair use and highway robbery

In response to the Nov. 20 column by Marc Canter, "What constitutes fair use?":

I agreed with the article for the most part. The issue I have with Napster is that it's one thing to share a compilation tape with a few of your relatives and friends, but when you have a site that people come to in order to download music that you get reimbursed for, that is not fair use.

If I buy a CD or vinyl, I can make tapes or CDs for personal use or to give as gifts. But I don't have the right to make money off them. On the other hand, fees for use of music, or software leases, seem like highway robbery to me. Holding individual music listeners hostage for other people's piracy seems unfair.

Karl Magnuson
Decorah, Iowa