RIAA: Make sure you erase music from your used iPod before selling it

“It’s a modern dilemma: That iPod you got last year seems so lame now that a newer version is out. If you’re the type that needs to switch up MP3 players like you change sneakers, one of the easiest ways to unload the devices is by selling them on Websites like eBay or Craigslist,” Gil Kaufman writes for MTV News. “But given all the lawsuits over illegally traded music, you might ask yourself, ‘Is it legal to sell a device loaded with your signature mix of tunes?'”

The Recording Industry Association of America — the lobbying group behind the thousands of lawsuits over unauthorized sharing and downloading of songs — says the answer is definitely no. ‘Selling an iPod preloaded with music is no different than selling a DVD onto which you have burned your entire music collection,’ the RIAA said in a statement. ‘Either act is a clear violation of U.S. copyright law. The RIAA is monitoring this means of infringement. In short: seller beware.'”

Full article here.

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36 Comments

  1. Anythign with RIAA in the CENTER is usually bad, but hey, they have a point on this one. It’s a hard drive with a specialized computer for managing its content. There is no difference between selling the copied music (or software for that matter) on a CD, except that the media packaging is different.

  2. So, if someone steals my iPod, rips the songs off and puts them up on Limewire, am I going to be held liable for illegally distributing “my” music?

    I look forward to the day when the RIAA has better things to do.

  3. To the grand majority of users, once they dock their iPod, they will sync with their own copy of iTunes and have those songs erased.

    This is pretty much a stupid article in general.

    If people know how to unload those songs and then manually sync with iTunes, then they’re well aware that they’re not supposed to be doing that anyway.

  4. The RIAA is so fucking stupid. Even though I buy practically all of my music, those guys want me to go out and steal music. They just don’t get it. I you ever meet someone who works for/with the RIAA, punch them in the face for me. Thanks.

  5. I hardly see comparison between the “burned” DVD and an iPod with your music left on it as legitimate. A DVD can’t be recorded over once it’s burned. An iPod however can be erased and re-recoreded.

    And to the point. If someone buys a DVD with a library of music on it, it would be very hard to argue that the actual DVD was worth – $200.00 (without the music). However, the iPod without music could arguably be worth $200.00 (depending on the iPod). The music could be a freebie – an incentive to buy a used iPod. Not to mention that Apple won’t let you easily take the music OFF the iPod if it isn’t registered to the original iTunes Library.

    But having said all of that. It really doesn’t matter what I think when dealing with the RIAA Gestapo. They make up their own rules and I’m just one of the “little people”.

    “And if you ain’t police – you’re little people” – Blade Runner

  6. Ron, you ignorant putz. If you sold your old Victrola and bundled the 78’s with it you would be transferring the original media so there would be no problem.

    For the rest of you who seem to think the RIAA is on a witch hunt, get over it, unless you really just believe that stealing the creative works of others without paying for them is just fine. Probably the same group who’s sniveling and whining about trusted computing and DRM. Stealing intellectual property is a crime. Perhaps since it’s so easy and so many people do it, you just feel it’s ok. As an artist struggling to make any return on my investment I think that kind of attitude sucks.

    If you’re paying for your tunes then you have nothing to worry about. If you’re one of the folks with thousands of bootleg music files then I hope the RIAA burns you HARD!

  7. hey, if you’re making an extra profit by selling your iPod preloaded, that’s not right and even though i hate the RIAA, they do have the right to prevent you from making a profit by selling their music with your ipod.

    granted, this makes no sense for you and me selling our old 3rd gen iPod with music on it. but the article talks about a guy on ebay selling iPods with 6000 songs loaded for extra $. the RIAA has every right to go after him.

    in a broader sense, their stategy of suing to keep their profits up makes them look like the bad guy – and i think in many ways they are.

    if the RIAA took a more benevolent stance, not about stealing music, but about suing consumers, i think they’d ultimately end up selling more music. nobody wants to support the lawsuit machine of the RIAA nowadays.

    in short – they should be on the consumers side working to get them the music they want, where they want it, when they want it for a reasonable price. then it would feel like the RIAA was on our side instead of a secret police.

    stealing music is wrong in any form, but the RIAA has allowed this to happen since ( until iTMS ) stealing was the best way to get new music.

  8. Stop crying you . . . crybabies. You don’t have any right to steal music. Buncha assclowns. The RIAA may go overboard, and artists may not get enough of the pie, but two wrongs don’t make a right.

    Stop f*cking stealing music that should be PAID for.

    Christ, I swear you sound like the French.

  9. Dear Legal Eagle;

    The biggest theft of intelectual property in the history of mankind is the one perpetrated by the members of the RIAA on the actual content creators.

    Selling CD’s for $15 to $25 and giving the artists, musicians and song writers mere pennies on the dollar is the real crime here.

    The RIAA is just showing the rest of us the way.

  10. “Close down the music industry in its entirety and make all musicians earn their living from live concerts. Make music free..”

    That’s not all that far off, considering that huge acts like the Rolling Stones, 50-Cent, U2, and Green Day are among the list of artists who have generated hundreds of millions of dollars just through touring.

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