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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  1. identicon
    Hirsch, 11 Jul 2008 @ 1:42am

    Re: Re: Re: another reason not to buy dell

    Sure, Dell's service works great for companies that can lose them a lot of business if they fail, but when ONE consumer has a little issue they get stuck talking to a guy from India with a troubleshooting book that may arrive at a solution after 3 hours on the phone...
    Who the hell wants to do that?
    It would be easier to just bring it to a local computer store and explain what's going wrong to them. They'll figure it out in what...10 minutes or less?
    Sure, it will cost a little money, but you don't have to translate a heavy Indian accent for 3 hours straight.

    (I don't have anything against the people in India working customer service. They really are extremely common, and it really is hard to understand a lot of them. Also, don't ever be the ass that says "let me talk to someone who speaks English")/endofftopicrandomcrap

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