CEA Supports Music Online Act
The Cannon-Boucher bill would allow consumers to make their own backup copies of recordings they have legally purchased, as well as allow webcasters to make "ephemeral" copies of recordings for transmission in several formats. If MOCA becomes law, neither of these activities would violate copyrights. The bill's backers claim that it would not foster piracy, but would instead promote commerce by encouraging the sampling of music over the Internet.
MOCA would also help the market for recorders, especially hard-disk and optical-disk recorders made for use with computers. By encouraging consumers' involvement with music, it could indirectly boost sales of audio equipment. "The consumer electronics industry recognizes the legitimate concerns of the creative community in the digital age," said CEA president Gary Shapiro. "The Cannon-Boucher approach is the kind of tailored approach CEA supports, because it benefits copyright owners while at the same time preserving American consumers' First Amendment and home recording rights in the digital age."