Isn’t burning and ripping illegal? I see all these notices that you can’t even copy something you purchased so you’ll have a backup without infringing on some copyright or Interpolian Law or something…
Mindy, while the recording industry wants you to believe that, the U.S. courts have not ruled whether copying CD’s that you personally own is “fair use” or “piracy”. So, if it’s not yet illegal, it’s legal, I think. IANAL, etc.
Mindy, Mindy, Mindy ……. who said anything about it being copyrighted material that you purchased which you’re trying to rip and burn?
Maybe, just maybe, I created a recording in my home recording studio, made myself a CD-R, and later wanted to copy it, or re-arrange the songs, or whatever, that would involve ripping and burning and would also be totally legal.
However, the current U.S. Federal Laws regarding copyrighted material are in direct contradiction with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Current U.S. copyright laws allow someone who legally purchases a copyrighted product to make an archival backup of that product.
Copy protection schemes on CDs presented a problem because they prohibited what the law clearly allowed.
People came up with ways to break the protection schemes and copies continued to be made.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act made it illegal to crack protection schemes. That means you can’t legally copy a protected disc to make your legally authorized archival copy. Because of this, there were lawsuits against the record labels, and in the U.S. the discs you buy are no longer copy protected.
However, video is a different story. Macrovision videotape protection and DVD protection schemes regularly stop you from making the archival copies the law entitles you to make and there have been no successful challenges to that practice.
Outside of the U.S. things are different. Buying imported CDs (which CAN legally be challenged and found to be illegal) can often give you a disc you can’t copy.
And yes, I mean that. You can not legally buy a CD manufactured outside of the U.S. for a non-U.S. market and bring it into the United States. This is called parallel importing. When I was a kid we could buy imported records from outside of the U.S. and get the tracks that hadn’t been released in the U.S. or get the higher quality Japanese vinyl, or whatever it was we wanted the imports for. As the U.S. record companies started using cheaper and cheaper vinyl for rock and popular music, they saw sales drop because of importing the higher quality product. Parallel importing laws were used to stop this practice and the stores no longer sold the product from other countries.
These days you can get stuff over the internet and have it shipped to you, but if customs decides to open and inspect your package, they DO have the right to stop you from receiving it and confiscate the package.
There’s a reason that song was left off the U.S. version of the CD and how DARE you feel entitled to hear it!
BTW, why is the arloandjanis.com site running scripts on my computer today and causing my browser to crash constantly?
People live too close girlfriend has issues with firearms and is as close to PETA as a meateater can get no luck there…but I am amazed at the skill set you possess! You go Mindy of all trades!
I knew you’d come through! thanks!
@ Dave in MA,
The lilacs still do smell strongly but there are new strains(or some old ones) that are being revived. There is a place in Oxford ME or Norway ME area that has a garden with a myriad of strains. I have two old heirloom varieties growing in Bryant Pond which exude a heady aroma still!
@Jack in Minnesota
Thanks for chiming in, that is probably why i do not have to transplant!
Hunkering is not such a necessary skill in life, squatting can suffice!
@ Judy in Conroe
Copied and we will try it……I hope to post one that the Lady of the house found in the Bostonb Glober the other week, it wa delicious, like a blueberry muffin cake made with an almost angelfood type texture and pure blueberry flavor mmmmmmmmmmmm good!
With this I am Symply Fargone for the rest of the day….
Dave in MA, thanks for the, er, explanation of it all. I think I’ll go listen to one of my LPs now.
Meanwhile, two different comics sites are screwing up today. When I go to seattlepi.com/comics-and-games/fun/Bizarro/ or any other comic there, I get yesterday’s Artic Circle. And when I go to chron.com/entertainment/comics-games/comic/Phantom/ or most other comics there, I get last Saturday’s edition of that comic.
Symply Fargone – I would love to have that recipe, if you get around to posting it. I am a big fan of blueberries.
EMB – I love to learn new things and refresh my acquaintance with things I used to know, too. It’s the geek in me. Thanks!
Dave in MA & Boise Ed – I hope my husband and I don’t get pulled over and get our CD’s confiscated. I got JR a turntable some years ago that converts LP to digital and since he retired he’s been working on our LARGE collection of records. He tells me that it’s legal to copy to CD as long as you own the original, but illegal to keep the CD if you sell the LP. So far not a problem. However, we do own some records that were bought from companies overseas, so we might be in trouble there. Don’t think I’ll lose any sleep about it as yet but nice to know what I should be worried about.
Judy, when you hear the doorbell just peek and make sure that it’s not the record police. To me the question is not whether you can record something but whether you try to counterfeit or in any way try to sell copies of the original. I have copied cd’s and given copies to friends, but I would not try to sell a copy as that is illegal even if I tell the buyer that it’s a copy. I now mostly put music on my ipod although I will probably finish putting my albums on cd’s because my taste in music is wider than my better half. She doesn’t like old country such as Willie Nelson, George Jones, etc. I love bluegrass and she won’t listen to it at all.
Yeah, Mindy, don’t be like those scofflaws who willfully removed the “Do Not Remove Under Penalty Of Law” tags from their sofa cushions.
Another result of the early arrival of warm weather in these parts was that it led to the early appearance of females in sundresses. Not that I like females in sundresses or anything, but I started tipping the young lady who cuts my hair extra when she was wearing a sundress, and smart lady that she is, she now wears a sundress every time I show up for my appointment. I love women, even the mercenary ones.
And no, Mindy, I’m not a DOM. I don’t consider myself old at all.
emeritus Minnesota biologist on 12 Jun 2012 at 5:07 pm #
Some of the undergrads I was friendly with back in the ’60s called me a DOM because I admitted to appreciating female architecture. [Wife knew it, too; I had a look-but-don't-touch license.] Born in late ’29, I was in my 30s in the ’60s.
This is picky, but I left something out Sunday. I should have written “Mindy: Gophers? Pocket gophers, the only family, or one of the few families of mammals that occur naturally ONLY in North America, or ground squirrels [e.g., thirteen-lined ground squirrels], a subfamily of the squirrel family that occurs throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere?” Obviously, most families of mammals that occur here occur also on other continents, but pocket gophers are “endemic” to N.A. in the restricted sense of that term as used by taxonomists and biogeographers
Also, by the way, Usnea and Tillandsia are genera, not species. I’ve no idea how many species there are in either genus. Usnea, like all lichens, consists of both an alga and a fungus, members of two separate kingdoms, but lichens still get Latin names of their own.
Jerry in Fl, put music on your Ipod all you want, but don’t get rid of the original sources. If you don’t buy your music thru ITunes you can’t transfer it back onto your computer from the IPod. I found out the hard way when my old pc that had Itunes on it crashed. Had to reload all over again.
And don’t forget the “I like that dress” one. Someone have a link?
Mindy, I’m begin to see a pattern. Many of your TASFYAD’s, with a little imagination, don’t really have to wait for AD. Also, you should be cognizant of exactly what sort of febrile imaginations some of the members of your audience out here have. I’m just saying.
Ghost, Mindy is prim. Mindy is proper. Just not at the same time. And not often. I can say this because she’s gone to bed and rarely, if ever, checks the previous day’s posts unless it’s on the long weekends. Color be sneaky.
She’s also one of the most ladylike women, if not the most, that I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing.
And I’ve never doubted for a moment the inherent ladylike qualities of your bride. I’m sure that her charm and wit are surpassed only by her grace and beauty. She undoubtedly makes Julie Andrew’s character in The Sound of Music seem like a querulous nag. (I know how to cover bases, too. Lots of experience.)
Possibly, Dan, like me they are awaiting further developments. Jimmy has, to continue the baseball metaphors, been known to throw us a high, inside slider on occasion. But I agree…”Gene’s people”?
I believe that, as per previous postings, Paris has a copy of the statue of Liberty. If you’ll buy that the top of the torch qualifies as a balcony, then a 360 degree view is possible. I doubt that it is for rent though. BTW, no one is forced to be in this forum and some may prefer to stick with you tube. (appropriate name)
curmudgeonly ex-professor on 13 Jun 2012 at 2:07 am #
GR6 – (no promotion this time) Maybe it’s a view of Paris during a serious heat wave…
Mindy/John: I wish I still lived in the Blue Ridge. It seems as though I’d enjoy driving SW and meeting you two. May you continue to enjoy each other for decades more!
Judy in Conroe, a CD-R made from your vinyl collection is not the same as a pressed CD manufactured in another country. They aren’t about to confiscate those.
Jerry in Fl, giving a copy away is also illegal in the United States and the R.I.A.A. does indeed sue for that. It’s not about YOU making profit. It’s about the record company NOT making profit because the customer got the item from you instead.
Jerry in Fl, while you make a good argument for a 360 degree view, the article Ghost Rider 6 quoted said 365 degree view.
Thanks Dave. I think that I’ve been confused since watching that last Woody Allen movie, but what do you expect from someone named Woody? If those responsile for destroying the Gulf of Mexico aren’t in jail then I’m not going to sweat using technology that allows me to not buy something that I wouldn’t be buying anyway.
John in Richmond Texas on 13 Jun 2012 at 8:17 am #
I can’t know exactly what JJ meant, but I can relate to the “Gene’s people”, we have a daughter – moved up, out and away to California and she’s around different people now – sensibilities, homemaking ideas and daily living things slowly change, my wife says she’s all Californiaized now. Sundresses, yeah sure, but above knee skirts and boots do it for me, I mean on women, girl boots
Dale H – discussing today’s strip … some of us (me) have to GO and GET the daily paper – which requires a trip in the car. I know, I could go to the link above and click on today’s strip, but that spoils the anticipation of opening up the actual paper, and getting the joy of looking forward to today’s offering. When I see comments here, I skip over them until I’ve read the paper, then I go back to the comments. I really get my money’s worth this way.
John, thought that you might be into bagpipes, but we don’t judge.
Blinky the Wonder Wombat on 13 Jun 2012 at 8:23 am #
Speaking of the dead-tree version of the comics, I see the New Orleans Times-Picayune is going to that absurd publishing-three-times-a-week format. Is this really a viable business model? And what about the daily comics- will the T-P readers get two-days worth of comics in each paper? “Tis a sad time for newspaper lovers.
To weigh in on what is now yesterday’s strip – Mark – “A son’s a son till he takes a wife,” They are Gene’s people now. That is as much his family, and soon to be more so, as Arlo and Janis are. Sad but true.
And unfortunalely for John in VA it doesn’t look like JJ update the post today. That’s why you always include a CYA statement.
John in NY, John in Virginia didn’t CHA, did he? I owe you one. I probably wouldn’t have scrolled up to see what you meant had your post not been right at the end…and the name so close to his. Film at eleven.
Good to know I can quit worrying about the CD’s my husband burns to play in the car, but now, Dave, I have something else to worry about – CD’s made in other countries! Back a few years ago, when my husband had to travel for work, he picked up quite an assortment of music from other countries (all on CD’s). Our favorites are the Australian, of which we have quite a few. The Kernigans are great, and Beccy Cole is simply wonderful – she might have “crossed over” to the US market. Another favorite is the Norwegian CD of US country songs – sung in Norwegian! Great fun. Another favorite, but very old, is from the group “Four Jacks and a Jill” from South Africa. Please don’t rat me out to the CD police!
Butter 1 stick + 1 tbsp
Flour 1½ c. + 1 tbsp flour
1½ c. blueberries
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3c whole milk
Set oven at 350*. Butter 8” square pan, dust with flour, tap out excess.
In small bowl: toss blueberries with 1 tbsp flour
In another bowl, whisk together remaining flour, salt, baking powder to blend
Using electric mixer or beater, cream butter and sugar until soft and light. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Add vanilla and beat well. With mixer on lowest speed, blend flour alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour.
With rubber spatula, fold blueberries into mixture.
Transfer batter to pan and smooth top. Sprinkle generously with sugar.
Bake 40 – 45 min or until top is brown. Transfer to rack to cool. Cut into squares.
I thought it was really really good YMMV…..Symply Fargone
PS. I’d use those little Maine blueberrries vs. those big cultured ones….just sayin’
Symply Fargone – thank you, thank you for the recipe – it sounds fabulous! It is my turn next week to host the neighbors for coffee and I will have to make this to serve. I know we will all love it. I will use fresh Texas blueberries that I pick myself at Moorhead’s blueberry farm. There are 20 acres with about 20 varieties, and I believe they are all cultivars of the Rabbiteye blueberry. The season begins around Memorial Day and ends sometime in July, usually around the middle of the month. Some of the berries are big and some are small. I love the Garden Blue variety which is small, and the Powder blue, which is large. Tifblue, which is the original berry developed to grow in the South, ripens later in the season and is also wonderful. Every summer I pick bunches and give away a lot to my friends and kids and freeze the rest to use during the year.
One day we will have to visit Maine during blueberry season and go picking. I read “Blueberries for Sal” to my kids when they were young – a favorite book.
Russell Way Out There on 13 Jun 2012 at 11:54 am #
Well, now, Alfred — as they say somewhere out there — Mindy has been silent since 8:51 this morning and John hasn’t posted all day. Is this “Film at Eleven” or “A Story For Yet Another Day”? I’m going to steal that blueberry recipe and give it to my wife.
I was going to ask the same thing, Mindy, for the same reason, but I’ve discovered that almost any berries can be swapped around…except maybe Kiwi. [I'll probably be told how wrong I am about that!] I’ve even started swapping strawberries for bananas when I make banana bread. John sometimes actually notices.
Mindy – strawberry bread?! Yum! I had a great strawberry muffin recipe that I’ve since lost, and I’ve never found anything else I’ve really liked as well. I might have to try that. And I would have asked how someone might not notice strawberries for bananas once upon a time, but now I know better.
I thought Janis saying “Gene’s folks” was probably a regionalism, but meaning that all thse people are “Gene’s folks” because he’s the one who led them to meet A and J. Or else it’s a form of foreshadowing.
I don’t _think_ it’s a regionalism, but it might be. Still, Gene has been spending more time with Mary Lou and her family than he has with his parents, and he is the stronger link between the two groups. “Gene’s people” is a convenient short-hand.
Back to the CD/DVD discussion from yesterday. Enough time has passed that I thought of something that may or may not be relevant. Help me out here. I can copy a CD if I bought the original and if I bought it in this country but not, for instance, if I bought it in England. And I can give a copy to a friend but I can’t sell it. But if I get rid of the original, I have to trash the copy as well. Right? [I won't go into having to track down the friend's copy.] But with movies, I cannot copy one that I bought legitimately [as opposed to from someone off the street selling DVD rips as well as Louis Vitton] even without the microvision or whatever the knock-off pirate protection is. Not even if I bought three copies legitimately, I cannot legally make a backup copy in case the next hurricane skips from Lousy Anna up her to God’s Country and trashes the original one or ten copies. Right? Well, what say, instead of buying the complete series of Band of Brothers for $59 at Wally World [I think that's what we paid for it], I simply copy it directly off the Boob Tube AS IT IS BROADCAST? Is there a prohibition about doing that? I know of certain law enforcement agencies and political groups that regularly copy news broadcasts. Lawyers do it and actually present the videos in Court. I wouldn’t even have to have HBO to “legally” copy BoB [that is NOT what you're thinking, Ghost, sandcastler and all you other guys!], I can make my copy on a FRIEND’s television using the HBO he or she subscribes to…and I can duplicate the copy for him/her. Are the Thought Police and the DVD Anti-Piracy & Fraudulent Use of the Airways Tactical Team going to kick down my house?
Raspberries also work well in lieu of bananas, Mindy. I’ve tried bread pudding sneaking in some substitute fruit rather than raisins [which always remind me of ticks. Ewwwww!]
Also, you need to watch out for the Fraudulent User…never mind; that acronym would get me in a lot of hot water.
Jerry, we have indeed been blessed by a Copiousness of Mindys.
curmudgeonly ex-professor on 14 Jun 2012 at 1:06 am #
GR6: A copiousness of Mindy’s is fine, but a superfluity of Mindy’s would be too much for most mortal men….
I once had a student of that name in the Blue Ridge, but she’s not in VA anymore, so cannot be our fascinating contributor. My student was a fine student and a friendly soul, as were her parents. I remember driving about 1500 miles to attend her wedding – wouldn’t have missed it.