Say That Again

by Mike Masnick




Would You Believe The RIAA Would Go Back On Its Word?

from the shocking! dept

Following the news of the RIAA suing XM for daring to come up with a device that lets people record their satellite radio offerings, it seems worth reminding the RIAA how they swore up, down, left and right that they would never, ever file such a lawsuit. Ray Beckerman points to a press release quoting the head of the Consumer Electronics Association and the Home Recording Rights Coalition, Gary Shapiro, reminding the industry of their past comments. If you remember, during the battles concerning new laws (such as the INDUCE Act) or lawsuits like the Supreme Court's Grokster case, whenever anyone would point out that these laws would have effectively stopped things like the VCR or the iPod, the entertainment industry would say that was ridiculous. They would never file lawsuits to stop devices that allowed "private, noncommercial consumer conduct." Shapiro points out that: "The lawyer that signed the complaint against XM is the same lawyer who told the Supreme Court that ripping a CD to a PC and then to a handheld device (without paying any royalty) is lawful. He represents the same industry that, in seeking 'inducement' legislation, promised that it would never be applied against devices such as a TiVo personal video recorder." And people wonder why no one trusts the entertainment industry these days?

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    David, 18 May 2006 @ 1:20pm

    I don't agree with the RIAA on everything, but I agree with them in this instance. The fact is that allowing people to make perfect digital copies of songs from digital radio is unethical. Not everyone in the music industry is rich; in fact, I work in the industry, and I and almost everyone else in the industry I know is broke. Allowing people to record like that means that people won't be buying the albums, plain and simple. That amounts to nothing more than stealing, and it hurts the industry and the people in it. How many people who have replied to this can say that they work in the music industry? How many people would stand up and defend something that's unethical and would cause lots of people in their industry to lose jobs?

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