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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    Peter T, 18 May 2006 @ 6:45pm

    Re: RIAA has a point

    This assumes the DMCA is good legislation--it's not. Specifically, the DMCA has done much to stifle criticism (see Diebold vs. Swarthmore College), and reasonable consumer uses (a prohibition against bypassing a CD copy protection to place music I legally bought on my computer is written into that law)

    As for "protecting the artists," there is ample commentary and analysis throughout the web and blogosphere to demonstrate the old-style media moguls that make up the RIAA are protecting their stranglehold on content, not the artist's best interests.. In fact there was a big to-do a while ago when Coldplay released on their webpage how to bypass their company's security so legitimate buyers could encode their music on MP3 players.

    On a purely opinion front, I find the artists that strongly align themselves with the RIAA groupthink tend to either suck, or be known assholes. I mean, really, when was the last time you heard anything about Britney Speare's music prowess?

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