Happy New Year from the Record Companies

In previous decades we laughed and rolled our eyes at the increasingly ludicrous claims made by tobacco company lawyers in defense of their product.

Now the lawyers for record companies are assuming the position of most ridiculous–except where the tobacco lawyers sought to preserve and protect customer choice, the record companies are going after their customer base, in a case of business suicide. Lawyers for the Recording Industry Association of America are now claiming it is illegal for you to load your own CDs onto your iPod–it isn’t just a matter of whether you share it or not. Washington Post articleFox NewsWired … and many others.