Recording Industry Ass'n of America v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc.

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In Recording Indus. Ass’n of Am. v. Diamond Multimedia Sys., Inc., 180 F.3d 1072, 51 U.S.P.Q.2d (BNA) 1115 (9th Cir. 1999), the Ninth Circuit applied the Audio Home Recording Act to the Rio digital audio player[1] manufactured by Diamond Multimedia, concluding that the Rio was not a "digital audio recording device" under that statute.

The ruling also affirmed that space shifting the digital files from a PC's hard disk to the Rio was a fair use, under Sony v. Universal. The ruling reads "Such copying is paradigmatic noncommercial personal use entirely consistent with the purposes of the Act." ( 17 U.S.C. § 1008). However, this language may be obiter dicta.


  1. ^ "Recording Industry Ass'n of America v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc.". The Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Harvard University. Retrieved 1 February 2011.