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4 Responses to Is Ripping CDs from Your College Radio Station Ethical?

  1. Paul Riismandel June 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    For me, the problem with Emily White’s circumstance has much to do with proportion. I think it can be defensible to rip CDs owned by someone else (station, friend, library, etc) to your library in moderation. It’s a great way to check out some new music, perhaps get to know an album or artist better or review songs that you will later play on air. However, I don’t think it’s ethical to base your entire music collection on these ripped tracks.

    I think the principles of Fair Use can be a guide, even if they do not explicitly condone this sort of duplication. What is the purpose of ripping the station’s CD in the first place? If it’s simply to avoid buying the CD/MP3, then it’s ethically suspect. If it’s to prepare for a show then I think that’s more defensible. If you’re looking to preview the music, anticipating a purchase if you like it, then that, too, is more defensible.

  2. abra June 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    It goes both ways – at least sometimes. I buy LPs with digital downloads all the time. I burn these downloads to disc and give them to my college radio stations. The music in turn then gets airplay and exposure. At least this is my hope.

  3. Sadie McFarlane June 20, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    I also buy music for our station and generally give the originals to the station while ripping the music to my iTunes. I’d kind of like to point out that the numbers of people who DJ at college radio stations is awfully small compared to the potential audience, and that being really familiar with the music enables you to be a much, much better DJ. While I would disapprove quite strongly of someone who joined the staff for a quarter to rip as much music as possible and then left, on the whole I think radio DJs ripping music should be considered an allowable promotional expense for the artists/labels.

  4. Lavonna Lamudio May 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    The general meaning of ethics: rational, optimal (regarded as the best solution of the given options) and appropriate decision brought on the basis of common sense. This does not exclude the possibility of destruction if it is necessary and if it does not take place as the result of intentional malice.;:

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