George Bush has illegal music on his iPod?

by Paz

This is hilarious. It’s a video of George Bush discussing his iPod after a recorded interview with Fox news. In a supposedly informal post-interview chat, the President lists the songs he has on his iPod, (at least one of which must have been “illegally” ripped from a CD, as you’ll see).

Here’s some text from the interview:

“Beach Boys..
Alan Jackson..
Aretha Fraklin..

Dan Maclean…. (Paz: but of course he meant Don Maclean of American Pie fame).

“It has a shuffle…. so it plays them in a random order… it’s pretty high tech stuff!”; explains a beaming President Bush.

Here’s the catch though. The Beatles have famously refused to allow Apple Computer to feature any of their music in their official, iPod download catalogue. This is a consequence of an acrimonious split over Apple Computer’s alleged infringement of the Beatles’ Apple Corps trademark and logo. As a consequence of this battle, you won’t find a single Beatles track legally available from Apple Computer’s Music Store.

So how did the Beatle’s track get on the President’s computer?

Well, if the President really does have a Beatles track on his iPod, then it must have been ripped from a CD, and according to the RIAA; CD-ripping is illegal.

So, will this be a scandal bigger than Watergate? Will President Bush face impeachment?

Well, a wise man once said; “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”, but let’s see what Congress and the media have to say!

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Edit: I have to concede that the President MAY have copied the music from cassette or vinyl, which is fair usage as far as the RIAA are concerned because these media are considered obsolete ( see comments below.)

Thanks to the Music Store Zzounds for help with this post.

8 reviews or comments

James Spratt Says: April 21, 2006 at 6:30 am

Not wanting to defend the goon, but you are allowed to copy the music off CDs as a backup of the one you paid for.

Stephen Carboni Says: April 21, 2006 at 9:02 am

As well, there are other music downloading sites other than iTunes. There is also sony’s connect. Just think before you make yourself look like an ass.

Paz Says: April 21, 2006 at 11:34 am

Stephen… Just think before you make yourself look like an ass..

It’s always difficult to argue with someone of your eloquence, but I had a look at the Sony Connect site and couldn’t find a single Beatles track available for download; Beatles search.

And yes, it’s been widely
reported that the RIAA consider the copying of CDs and making backup does not come under “fair use”.


djpreacher Says: May 14, 2006 at 10:12 pm

another fine example of BIASED reporting..

“Well, if the President really does have a Beatles track on his iPod, then it must have been ripped from a CD, and according to the RIAA; CD-ripping is illegal”

where is the footage of BUSH saying what the source was a CD for the files on the iPod?????

uhhh, tape or records? what if the Bush recorded off the radio-or any other analog source – shoot, my 80’s Nak will play Analog tapes very accurately……. and you know? my Dual turntable would probrobly twist heads – when compared to a 128 standard digital playback…but hey , you prob do not know anything about these terms because you are writing in a ‘coolest-gadgets’

Why don’t you write on something productive like, ohh, how the President could have the Beatles LEGALLY on the iPod – oh- I forgot – that is not newsworthy… sorry.

please do not MAKE news… just report the facts.



Tommy Says: May 15, 2006 at 11:53 pm

“please do not MAKE news… just report the facts.”
To be honest the bush administration have been doing this alone.
one example, such as, Weapons of Mass Destruction.

John Says: May 29, 2006 at 3:34 pm

Are you bedwetting liberals ever going to stop keying on anything and everything you think the president has done wrong? Truth be known, you probably have illegally downloaded music yourself, catdaddy. :-)

Paz Says: May 30, 2006 at 11:51 pm

LOL. I keep trying to explain, it’s a tongue in cheek article about whether not it’s illegal to copy music that you’ve paid for onto another medium. It wasn’t meant to be an attack on George Bush, though I can see how it could be construed as such. Personally, I think it’s likely that President George Bush has illegal music on his iPod, in terms of the RIAA’s definition of legal usage anyway.

nimd4 Says: June 16, 2007 at 11:36 pm

lol tnx xD

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