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
    Coyo, 18 Nov 2012 @ 12:08pm

    Re: Re: huh?

    Conservatives supposedly support ALL business in general, not only big business, and supposedly, they are all about capitalism, when true capitalism relies on free market competition to self-regulate actors in a global market.

    Unfortunately, free market capitalism requires that individuals participating in the free market collectively prevent any single organization, government or corporation, from gaining an unfair monopoly and control over all vital resources.

    An interesting mix would be a syncretization of ultra transparent and open direct electronic democracy as advocated by the Pirate Party, in combination with ultra free market capitalism as the Libertarian Party would have us implement.

    If balanced, it could work really well, in my opinion.

    It would certainly cause both ultra-liberal hollywood multi-billionare celebrities and ultra-conservative investment bankers and rigged-market "capitalists" to scream bloody murder, which I would find intensely amusing.

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