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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  1. identicon
    Weasel, 18 May 2006 @ 1:26pm

    RE: RIAA has a point

    "OK, let's say you wrote a great pop song. Which of these two scenarios would you prefer:

    1) Somebody hears your song on broadcast or satellite radio, they like it, they go to iTunes and pay 99ยข for it, you get paid.

    2) Somebody hears your song on XM radio, they like it, they click a button and it goes into their permanent library."

    XM pays for the license to play the music, presumably with the money their customers pay to listen to the music. By downloading the song for 99c from itunes, it is still going into their permanent library. If I go out and buy the CD in a store, the CD itself is semi-permanent, and it is not illegal for me to make "backup" copies of the music. How is your question relevant?

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