Mitch Bainwol and Cary Sherman (leaders of the RIAA) are at Google today speaking about Digital Rights Management, the music industry, etc.
At one point, they explain that if one records a song onto casette off the radio, then that's not illegal. But if you rip a stream into an MP3, it's illegal.
The reason is because: you can automate the rip so it's unattended, MP3 is much higher quality than radio on casette, and MP3s can be labeled/tagged, where tapes must have seek time.
That's incredible. They're basically saying convenience is illegal!
I'll link to the video when it goes on Google Video.