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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 @ 12:42pm

    Re: RIAA has a point

    So... from this shill I guess we can plainly see the mindset of the RIAA bridge trolls.

    They want to have us pay a license fee for everything, for any reason, for any purpose.

    You want to create content, go right ahead, but you pay a steep license fee. Why? Because all art is constructed by combining previous artists' ideas. Since RIAA has a 100% total monopoly of control over all possible cultural concepts and ideas, you must pay a large license fee, possibly everything you own, before actually being allowed to create anything.

    Then, you want to share your half-created music file with a friend?

    First, you pay a hefty license fee for encoding, then a another hefty license fee for any derivative works, real or imagined, at every layer of composition.

    Second, you pay another hefty license fee for being permitted to use each and every layer of software on your computer, calculated by the overpowered trusted computing module on your motherboard.

    Third, you then pay separate but individually-hefty performance and broadcast fees (which apply even if you "perform" and "broadcast" only to a single friend).

    Forth, you pay another hefty license fee as well as administrative fees for your music data to pass inspection through the central licensing and authorization agency controlled and run by the RIAA under world trade agreements.

    Fifth, your friend pays license fees for downloading, in addition to all license fees for every single layer of software on HIS computer. If he cant pay it, you may be forced to pay those fat fees on his behalf.

    If you neglect paying your license fees, the penalty for your heinous crimes against the culture and civilization of humanity will be prolonged public torture and, finally, death.

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