I have recorded a bunch of songs off the radio with my Fuze, changed the format from .wav to .mp3, edited the songs (gave them proper titles, artists, albums, years, genres), and put them into the Music section of the Fuze. I first did this with Rhapsody. However, after downloading the Fuze firmware upgrade, I thought that the upgrade had deleted most of my songs (actually, rather than listing all of the songs in the ‘Recently Added’ section, only the 50 most recently added were listed).
Faced with the apparent loss of the bulk of my songs, and an earlier suggestion that I use some other application than Rhapsody to manage my Fuze (if you can see my earlier messages, you can see how this problem progressed), I reloaded my songs from my computer onto WMP’s library, and then transferred those songs to the Fuze. I ended up with duplicates of almost all of my songs, but that is not the point - I eventually deleted the copies, the original Rhapsody ones (not the new WMP ones).
My problem is that for some of the songs, WMP has added onto my Fuze the cover art of the song’s album - the picture accompanying the title, artist, and album. Now, it seems to me that recording a song off the radio is legal, as is changing the format (such as from .wav to .mp3), but I do not know whether or not copying or having a record of the cover art of a CD or music I do not own is legal, or whether that is illegal. This matters a lot to me - I’m a stickler for legality.
Does somebody here know the answer and can point me to some credible Internet source setting out how/why the cover art is legal (or illegal, I’m guessing illegal currently), or if no one knows the answer, then can somebody point me to some place where I might start to try to find out the answer. Under American/USA laws.
Alternatively, is there some way to get WMP to remove the pictures from the Fuze, only for the radio recordings (I have most of the pre-installed original Fuze songs, plus a few legal downloads) ideally without having to re-sync all of the songs again?