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
    Anonymous Coward, 19 May 2006 @ 1:15pm

    Re: RIAA has a point

    >Hey, I like free music as much as the next guy

    No one is promoting free music. This is music already paid for and owned, or if you prefre, already licensed for.

    I've been taping from the radio since the 70's, and a large number of my CDs were made from my over 100 vinyl albums. No downloads involved, yet I bet if they could the RIAA would argue against it.

    >Second, the DMCA clearly prohibits players like the Inno.

    How does the DMCA apply to a device built by the same company providing the content? They are circumventing themselves?

    >blame RIAA for protectecting their artists and copyrights.

    The RIAA is only nterested in controlling their copyrights, not the artists interests.

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