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 @ 12:23pm

    Re: RIAA has a point

    Who the hell is this shill?

    Hey, I like free music as much as the next guy but I gotta defend the RIAA here. First of all, they are suing XM, not individuals. Second, the DMCA clearly prohibits players like the Inno. In fact, the previous generation of portables, XM2GO, is arguably illegal also. If you don't like it, change the law don't blame RIAA for protectecting their artists and copyrights.

    Okay, zeroth of all, none of us are advocating free music.

    We all pay taxes that are used in RIAA's blatant corporate welfare, sustaining a deprecated and obsolete business model. Therefore, everything ANY member of RIAA supposedly owns as copyright is WELL BEYOND already bought and paid for.

    First of all, XM Satellite Radio was actually looking out for their consumers, like a normal, reasonable business should. They got sued for something that is a tiny variation, but a very clear logical extension of something that was extremely clearly a unquestionably legal function of a satellite music player, and what functions it had that COULD THEORETICALLY be abused were already widely available on the market, anyway.

    Second of all, the DMCA can rot, as no one in their right mind would ever have passed that bill into law. So obviously, someone in congress was high on something not even the most extreme of hippies would touch.

    Third of all, what the shill? Why didn't the RIAA's panties get in a bunch then? That is irrelevant, anyway.

    Forthly, I DO blame RIAA and their overwhelming lobbying control and dominance in congress and the white house for corrupting the law of the land into incomprehensible insanity. Why wouldn't I? They are so obviously at fault.

    Finally, I think it's about time to put an end to this corporate welfare and to tell the publishers of RIAA to put their big girl panties on, and file for bankruptcy already.

    Everyone hates their guts and wants to see them thrown in a cold dank cinder-block cell for the rest of their miserable lives!

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