This comment will examine the issues and implications of music and the Internet as affected by several competing interests. Part I briefly outlines the current state of affairs in MP3 music by examining the driving forces behind Internet music. Part II explains the constitutional rights of copyright holders and the goals of copyright law. The constitutional issues are further developed under the United States Supreme Court's decision in Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc. Part Ill briefly introduces some important aspects of the AHRA. Part IV uses the recent Ninth Circuit case, Recording Industry Ass'n of America v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. to identify the weaknesses of any legislation that does not apply the constitutional balancing of interests and does not provide for acquisition and protection of intellectual property rights. Part V articulates potential alternatives to the type of legislation that the AHRA represents.
College of Law
Northern Illinois University Law Review
"MP3 in Y2K: The Audio Home Recording Act and Other Important Copyright Issues for the Year MM,"
Northern Illinois University Law Review: Vol. 20:
2, Article 4.
Nathan Scharton, Comment, MP3 in Y2K: The Audio Home Recording Act and Other Important Copyright Issues for the Year MM, 20 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 745 (2000).