The Dos And Don'ts of CD Copying And Ripping

Where Do You Stand With The Law?

When it comes to digital music and the law, a lot of people are confused about what they can and can’t do. Here is a list of CD dos and don’ts that will keep you safe.

Dos

  • Ripping CDs: Only rip original CDs that you legitimately own - borrowing an original CD off someone doesn't count.​
  • Digital Music Files: You can transfer digital music files to your own personal MP3 player providing those files have been ripped directly from a CD that you legitimately own.​
  • Copying a CD: Only copy original CDs that you legitimately own; you can burn ONE copy only for your own personal use.

Don’ts

  • Downloading ripped CD tracks: Never download copyrighted music from non-authorized Internet websites that provide you with ripped CD tracks.​
  • Using file sharing programs (P2P): Ensure that if you do have a file sharing program installed on your computer that your legitimate CD rips are never made available to others on the Internet. This constitutes copyright infringement and you risk being sued by the RIAA.
  • Copying a CD: Never make copies of CDs that you legitimately own in the belief that it is OK to give to your friends and family.​
  • Respecting copyright: Don't assume that just because there isn't a copyright notice on a CD or it's packaging that it is free to copy and distribute.​
  • Borrowing a CD: Borrowing an original CD off someone to make a copy for yourself or others is illegal.​
  • Digital music files: Don't copy digital music files from someone else’s MP3 player or computer, even if they own the original CD.