Judge Lets RIAA Sue XM For Daring To Let People Record Music Off The Radio
from the you-have-got-to-be-kidding dept
Back in May, the RIAA sued XM for offering its users a device that would let people record songs off of their XM satellite radio. Recording songs off the radio for home use is legal fair use, but the RIAA had already convinced Sirius to pay an extra licensing fee (for no good reason) and now wanted XM to pay up as well. This happened even though, during an earlier lawsuit, the RIAA insisted they would never ever complain about private, non-commercial home recording devices. But, far be it from the RIAA to stick to their word. Unfortunately, though, the judge in this latest case was somehow convinced by the RIAA that XM’s recording device is somehow different than recording songs off the radio, and therefore is allowing the case to continue. Once again, this is the recording industry demanding that consumer electronics firms get permission to innovate, to make sure that new technologies don’t change their existing business model. While there’s plenty of historical precedence for such things, it doesn’t make it any less ridiculous.