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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    Usual suspect, 18 May 2006 @ 4:46am

    Petty criminals

    "from the shocking! dept"

    Once you make the leap of logic from seeing the RIAA as a legitimate organisation to acknowledging that they are just a criminal extortion racket who simply haven't yet been broken up and prosecuted it will no longer be shocking. Are we shocked when burglars rob houses or rapists commit sex crimes? No. The RIAA are just mafioso gangsters that nobody has had the courage to stand up to yet.

    They would never file lawsuits to stop devices that allowed "private, noncommercial consumer conduct."

    Which is interesting because the XM device is incapable of exporting its data, therefore it can only be used in a private non-commercial capacity. It is technically impossible for it to do otherwise.

    "RIAA will by the nature of their* complaint kill themselves it's just a matter of time".

    Absolutely. Quite so. With each development their audacity and disrespect grows. There are some very big fish in the sea and it's only a matter of time before someone squashes them like a bug. There is a saying about giving a man enough rope to hang himself. Let them keep raising the stakes.

    "And people wonder why no one trusts the entertainment industry these days? "

    They never did. 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. Know what I'm saying?

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