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
    Moo, 18 May 2006 @ 6:23am

    Re: RIAA has a point >>WTF

    Who is this git?

    RIAA has a point by Rob G on May 18th, 2006 @ 5:27am
    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.

    Is taping a song off the Radio illegal as well?
    Were not these bandwidth feeds provided by the FCC?
    Is the FCC not a tax-supported office?
    Then we paid for it.
    Likewise, if we pay for XM we can record whatever comes out of it.

    IF this activity IS, indeed, "illegal" according to DMCA, then the DMCA is illegal, in my opinion. Many have been trying to get this "law" changed and thrown out. The "demand change" applies, but this is the legal system we're talking about.

    And this "First off, they are suing XM" ... that makes it ok? Who gets to make up for profits lost in legal battles? XM?? No, the individual subscribers will see their bill go up. So, in fact, RIAA is suing all the individuals that currently, or in the future, use XM Radio!

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