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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    A Network Admin, 18 May 2006 @ 6:33am


    Its funny let's look at the Scoreboard.

    Pro RIAA - 1
    Anti RIAA - The rest of us :)

    "The entertainment industry has always been a hive of drug taking low life social failures compensating for their inadequacies through petty power politic. In the past they knew their place. The RIAA are the worst of them all, too talentless to be artists, too dumb to be businessmen, and now it seems too greedy to be criminals. Real criminals at least know where the limits are so as not to make powerful enemies"

    I don't need to say anything when he put it best. the RIAA is a bunch of low lifes who don't understand that once you pay for something, it becomes yours. I have a unit for XM that allows me to pause and record the radio i here, though i have not used that feature, its retarded to sue a company for it. It's not like im giving my head unit to my buddy to listen to. Sometimes you wonder what idiot sits in his office saying "how can i piss off the world today"

    Fools they are!!

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