Hard To Believe: Computer Makers Giving In To RIAA Pressure, Disabling Sound Recording?

from the can't-really-be-true,-could-it? dept

A whole bunch of people are submitting this, though, the explanation is not passing the sniff test. The story is that a bunch of laptop owners (mainly from Dell) are frustrated after discovering that their laptop soundcard configuration blocks the recording of audio, even though it's possible to enable it with a few tweaks. In other words, recording has effectively been turned off by the computer manufacturers. It didn't take long for rumors and speculation to assume that somehow the RIAA has been pressuring these computer makers to turn off sound. Of course, with the entertainment industry, sometimes it seems that no concept is too evil to believe that the industry wouldn't endorse. However, there seems to be no evidence whatsoever that the RIAA had any part in this. On the whole, it sounds like someone just made a bad decision in terms of how to configure certain sound cards. If someone can provide any evidence that the RIAA actually had a role in this, we'll post an update, but there's no reason to jump to conclusions without any evidence. That's what the RIAA does.

Filed Under: disabling recording, laptops, sound cards


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    PaulT (profile), 8 Jul 2008 @ 3:35am

    Sadly, no this isn't surprising. At a guess, Dell was promised a juicy contract if they did this, and they (correctly) decided that the vast majority of users would not be affected by the disabling of this function. Note that it only affects recording of sound from the stereo mix function, not the mic port.

    Of course, assuming that the RIAA was involved, this is pretty stupid for all concerned. The net effect of disabling this function on piracy will be nil. Dell's gains may be offset by people deciding that their company's next batch of PCs won't be Dell if they can't trust them not to try and control their PCs. Just another waste of money attacking a non-existent target while the real problems eat away at the RIAA's business.

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