it's suing dead people or simply suing
living ones for millions of dollars for illegally
downloading a few tracks, media watchdog the Recording Industry
Association of America (RIAA) seems to gravitate towards controversy
like a moth to a flame. The divisive organization is back at it
again, this time demanding that the U.S. government impose a drastic
mandate on cell phone production.The RIAA will look to
introduce a provision into Congress's pending legislation, the
Performance Rights Act, which would mandate that all cell phones be
built with FM radio receivers.The seemingly bizarre mandate
is the keystone of an elaborate
game of financial chess between radio broadcasters and the
RIAA, with the implied assumption being that Congress will do
whatever the pair say. The RIAA wants to cut the
longstanding copyright exemption that allows radio stations to pay
less than full performance fees to labels and artists (satellite
radio and webcasters, by contrast, pay
the full fee). The National Association of Broadcasters
(NAB) opposes this measure, but is reportedly near a deal with
RIAA-led alliance musicFIRST.Under the deal radio stations
would agree to pay $100M USD more to labels and artists, but in
exchange the RIAA would back the broadcasters plan to force all cell
phones or other mobile devices in the U.S. to feature FM tuners.
Speaking with ArsTechnica,
"As regards the chip, this is a key issue for the radio
industry. musicFIRST, too, likes FM chips in cell phones, PDAs,
etc. It gives consumers access to more music choices."The
Consumer Electronics Association, which represents the key players of
the electronics industry, is ardently opposed to the plan which it
says seeks to impose damaging restrictions on the free market.
CEA president Gary Shapiro, "The backroom scheme of the
[National Association of Broadcasters] and RIAA to have Congress
mandate broadcast radios in portable devices, including mobile
phones, is the height of absurdity [and is] not in our national
interest."The NAB says no deal is finalized, but NAB's
Dennis Wharton comments, "However, if there is a decision made
by the Board of Directors to go forward and seek legislation,
including radio-enabled chips in mobile devices in possible
legislation seems to us to be a reasonable idea."They
say the CEA's complaints about market regulation are just sour
grapes, commenting, "It's no surprise that CEA opposes this,
since trade associations generally always oppose new rules. CEA also
opposed DTV tuners in digital television sets; the FCC decided that
having DTV tuners in TV sets was a good thing, and passed a rule that
gave consumers access to local TV stations on DTV sets.""We
would argue that having radio capability on cell phones and other
mobile devices would be a great thing, particularly from a public
safety perspective. There are few if any technologies that match the
reliability of broadcast radio in terms of getting lifeline
information to the masses."So is mandating radio tuners
in cell phones the same thing as mandating
DTV tuners in TV sets? The RIAA and NAB seem convinced
it is. And they seem equally convinced that Congress will do
their bidding, should they choose to roll out a finalized version of
their market regulation scheme.
quote: I bet John Adams is really happy that the federal government would even be considering mandating items to be in luxury items.
quote: I fully agree with that. But that's why we have things called civil wars and revolutions :D Too much power, waay too much.
quote: Lincoln wasn't even in office when this peaceful convention was convened ( Dec 20 1860 ). Most of the south succeeded before he became President on April 4. So please tell me about the highly centralized federal gov't that lincoln ushered in before he was President?
quote: I'm from the South, yes.
quote: Don't know how it would have turned out if Abe didn't win, but it'd probably be a lot different than it is now.
quote: Without slavery there would have been no leverage to politicize and sway the public into accepting a war.
quote: Without slavery there would have been no war.
quote: The Civil War was not fought over slavery. It was fought to keep the South from succeeding.
quote: Adoption of the Constitution by a state meant that it seded the rights granted to the federal government in the constitution to the US government. Adopting it did not sede their sovereignty or mean the federal government then had the power to tell them what to do whenever it wished.
quote: And what you leave out of the Fort Sumter argument is that Anderson was not stationed at Fort Sumter. He was stationed at Fort Moultrie. After South Carolina seceded he decided to move his troops to Fort Sumter. South Carolina demanded he surrender the fort, which was now on their territory, and they would be allowed to return home unharmed. Which they were when the fort was finally taken.
quote: It was not like South Carolina just attacked the troops there because they hated northerners and wanted war. You can make the argument that Fort Sumter was US government property but that applies to everything the South had. So really it is a non-argument. Also its not like the fort was taken the day after Anderson seized it. It wasn't until Lincoln attempted to resupply the fort that the decision to take it back was made. The Confederacy, established by then, probably realized it was a bad idea to let the Union control entrance to such an important trade port. Jefferson did not want to attack Fort Sumter so as not to appear as the aggressor. In the end, Andersons men were allowed to return home. Not exactly the brutal South that schools teach these days.
quote: Sovereignty means having supreme authority over a geographical area. No state in the US has supreme authority; the federal government of the US is a sovereign state and has supreme authority, and states' rights are limited to what the federal government does not specifically have laws for.
quote: The Civil War pushed States rights back a hundred years or more. The damn Yankees...
quote: Unless the wrong side loses again.
quote: Left to their own devices there are states that would still have slavery today. You should try another argument.
quote: Of course, you already made it clear that slavery wasn't a big deal
quote: Ahhh, I love being right all the time.
quote: Even if they had I doubt it would have worked out so well.
quote: Democrat presidential candidates focus primarily on Democrat strongholds which have enough votes to win them the presidency entirely on their own.
quote: Of course, but that is also my point. There is no way they'd have gotten 66% of the votes to make the amendment.
quote: Yes, you need power for radio broadcasts as well, but not nearly as much.
quote: A crystal radio is the simplest kind of radio. Most radios you buy use complicated electronics to make a strong copy of the sound. A crystal radio is a simple kind of radio that just picks up the wave and changes it straight into sound. It does not use separate power or batteries to make a stronger copy of the sound. It gets all of its power only from the radio wave.
quote: Seriously. I don't understand all the hoopla about Sirius, XM and iHeartRadio (or whatever they call it).
quote: People wonder why all our manufacturing and other industries packed up and moved to China and other countries.
quote: You do realize that the taxes we place on business is about on average for any other industrialized country. Emphasis on industrialized.
quote: So is mandating radio tuners in cell phones the same thing as mandating DTV tuners in TV sets? The RIAA and NAB seem convinced it is.
quote: What a waste of resources and battery charge an FM chip on a cell phone would be. Absolutely absurd.
quote: I'm not one to agree with the RIAA on almost anything, but I think this would be a pretty good idea.