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 @ 9:46am

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    LOL. Its funny how a small conversation on RIAA and licensing brings up Bush monitoring phone calls and war and terrorism, dead presidents, WTC and other topics that in most ways have no relevance but somehow get weaved in as examples. Not that i care i laugh so hard reading these things. I still think the first post was the most sensible. Music artists live in million dollar mansions, are known to be drug abusers, women beaters and god knows what else. Yea so are some normal people too. But look who has the money and look whose crying over losing a few pennies from a download. The same people. The end users as in most large scale battles have no say, never will, and us ranting about it although funny at times, has no effect. Just accept the fact that were the "bitch-es" and what they say will eventually be word until a big wig overthrows them.

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