Originally Posted by theSpaniard
I think it is still somewhat of a gray area. If you buy a book, and thus the intellectual material inside, you are within your rights to loan that book to someone to read or even give it to someone. This is sharing in its' simplist form. Same goes for CDs. Since you are allowed to translate the music to whatever medium you want, it seems to follow that the same should apply to mp3s.
I'm not advocating for one side or the other, I'm just pointing out how complicated the issue can get.
No difference in law. But your examples are apples & oranges. You are also free to give your CD to someone else, just as you are free to give your bood to someone else, as in your example. You are NOT free to photocopy the entire book and give that copy to someone else, just as you are NOT free to copy the CD and give that copy to someone else.
Now I have to stop here before the lawyers all come calling trying to recruit me.