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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    anyone, 18 May 2006 @ 1:49pm

    ok i'm sold!

    Well all that relentless ranting has finaly convinced me, i need to pay for my music! no matter how bad the compression on I-tunes, no matter if i can hear the song on the radio(i dident pay the radio station, i think i'm stealing) for free. i need to re-purchace all my music at each format change and a seperate copy for every device i own. in fact i think i'm going to go back and pay the RIAA for some songs i played too load in my car, someone might have heard accidentaly, thats stealing. in fact i think i was humming a tune to my kid the other day, thats unlawfull reproduction right? according to the DMCA it is. i'm going to go cut a check right now.

    Who do i make the check out to? Adolph or anti-christ?

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