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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    Rob G, 18 May 2006 @ 2:08pm

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    RE: "recording a song is NOT THEFT. Even the Supreme Court says so..."

    The RIAA isn't suing individuals for recording songs. They are suing XM for making a recording device that can record only copyrighted material.

    The Supreme Court is OK with things like Xerox machines, tape recorders and VCRs because they can copy anything whether it's copyrighted or not. But the Supreme Court is likely to feel very differently about a device that records only copyrighted music.

    Plus, the fact that XM tried to buy a license from the RIAA but was unable to agree on price makes the whole thing "willful infringement." And that's gonna cost them a lot more money if this thing ever goes to court.

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