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
    MarySue Tornabe, 14 Jul 2008 @ 2:07pm

    Re: Dell stock is tanking

    You won't regret getting a MacBook. The OS is easier to use and all the complications of using the Microsoft OS on a PC are virtually gone forever.

    As for the mouse -- get yourself a mighty mouse (wireless, if you want. There are 4 features you can turn on and off as you like and it definately has 2 buttons (and then some).

    Good shopping and enjoy a new Mac.

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