The Recording Industry Association of America has said that an Arizona resident whose computer contains almost 2,000 songs ripped from CDs he bought legally is in violation of copyright law for creating the collection.
Jeffery Howell is accused of sharing the songs, but industry officials said he should not have made the copies from his CD collection onto his computer. The RIAA recently won a $220,000 judgment from a woman who downloaded 24 songs.
Lawyer Ray Beckerman said, "Recently, the industry has been going around saying that even a personal copy on your computer is a violation." Beckerman, who has experience in such cases, has attacked the RIAA's position.