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The latest victim of the ASA’s wrath is 3GA Ltd, the company that makes the Brennan JB7 – “a CD player with a hard disk that stores up to 5,000 CDs”.

But this isn’t Apple – it’s 3GA Ltd, a small company that likely doesn’t have a legal department nor a multi-million marketing machine to fight its battles. And despite the fact that (to the best of my knowledge) nobody’s ever been prosecuted for format shifting, the ASA has decided to take offence to advertising this everyday practice.


“We considered the overall impression of the ad was such that it encouraged consumers and businesses to copy CDs, vinyl and cassettes,” the ASA adjudication states. “In the absence of prominent explanation, we concluded that the ad misleadingly implied it was acceptable to copy CDs, vinyl and cassettes without the permission of the copyright owner. We also considered that the ad encouraged people to use the advertised product in this way and that, therefore, it incited consumers to break the law.”

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Edited by Alatar - 4/2/11 at 11:50am
 
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oh whoops, repairing

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Wow. I will laugh when the music industry as it is today burns to the ground.
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Ow, my brain.
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post #6 of 16
That's actually a damn useful device.

Beats having to rip my CDs on my PC and then renaming them and then putting it on my ipod :/
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post #7 of 16
While most people like us wouldn't be interested in one, I see a small market out there for people over 40 who want the abilities of the digital age of music without having to .mp3 it up on their computer. Just my opinion but it sucks because this product probably wont win.
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Don't know why the article mentions the lack of a legal department... The ASA basically just says 'don't advertise it like that anymore'.
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post #9 of 16
Well, from the article, format shifting in the UK is illegal, so as a company. They shouldn't be advertising it.

Makes sense to me.

Dammit. I didn't want to side with "the man", but this time, I kind of have to.
Of course, that stupid law needs to be abolished. Once the every-man starts doing something, your laws need to be looked at, hard.
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So is the 30GB hard drive in my dad's maserati granturismo illegal too? Try battling that company, stupid ASA
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