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RIAA wants $150,000 from XM for every song that XM listeners download

The Recording Industry Association of America has now taken one of its biggest targets to court, and it's not a leader of a big underground MP3 release group. It's XM Satellite Radio. The company, which released its Inno XM2go portable XM player. The issue with the new player from XM is that it allows the user to save tunes that the service broadcasts onto the player. The RIAA says that the player infringes on copyright laws.

The RIAA is looking to charge XM $150,000 for every song that a user downloads into the player. The ironic thing is that there are systems and players out there that have been out there for decades that allow customers to copy songs that are played over traditional radio, but not truely digital to digital as with XM.  The law has allowed for such "analog loopholes" since the inventions of such devices.

For XM, the company says that while users are able to download the tunes they listen to, the songs are then stored on the portable player and users are not able to transfer the songs over as files. XM says that its download feature is not an on-demand service like Apple's iTunes, in that users can pick the songs they want when they want it. XM says that the RIAA's actions are stiffling innovation and that it will fight the lawsuit on behalf of consumers.

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By Shenkoa on 5/18/2006 12:21:16 AM , Rating: 5
You go XM, stick up for the consumers. Not many company's care about us anymore. As for the RIAA, I download all my music and I always will. I am not supporting a greedy bunch of fat cat ass holes like the RIAA.

RE: Greedy
By Knish on 5/18/06, Rating: -1
RE: Greedy
By Shenkoa on 5/18/2006 12:26:34 AM , Rating: 2
I am sure if they were not sued, they would of not done that lol.


RE: Greedy
By Chernobyl68 on 5/18/2006 2:07:59 AM , Rating: 2
$150,000? How the ^$^$#@ did they come up with that number? some lawyer said "hey, this sounds like a lot of money for us...."

RE: Greedy
By AlexWade on 5/18/2006 8:14:02 AM , Rating: 3
XM stopped caring about its customers a long time ago.

When the original station is being rebroadcasted and has commercials, you have to air commercials. I listen to ESPN radio on my XM, what is XM supposed to do during the commercials ESPN airs?

Fight on XM!

RE: Greedy
By Samus on 5/18/2006 1:44:34 AM , Rating: 2
Ditto, I make a point to download all my music illegally. When I like artists, I do what counts...go to their shows, where they actually get a respectable chunk of money.

Movies are another story, the MPAA is a bit more respectible than the RIAA, at least they don't sue children...then again not many children download movies ;)

I like going to movies though, but I also copy most of my netflix's.

RE: Greedy
By THEREALJMAN73 on 5/18/06, Rating: -1
RE: Greedy
By dgingeri on 5/18/2006 10:58:14 AM , Rating: 4
I love how some people justify theft.

Stealing is stealing.

Yeah, and the RIAA and MPAA are stealing from the artists, the customers, and innocent by-standers (remember the 83 year old woman who didn't even have a computer getting sued for downloading rap and hard rock music?)

They need to be stopped.

RE: Greedy
By PLaYaHaTeD on 5/18/2006 12:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
I love how some people justify theft.

Stealing is stealing.

If you werent so high up on that horse, you would be able to see what is really going on. You are a lemming, ready to jump off the cliff that corporations have created especially for you.

RE: Greedy
By bldckstark on 5/18/2006 1:33:35 PM , Rating: 1
They don't justify it. It is stealing, and they don't care. What exactly do you believe downloaders are thinking. This is not stealing even though I am getting something for "Free" when it is an object that I am supposed to purchase? EVERYBODY knows it is stealing. They just don't care. If you want to complain about the 80% of people who have downloaded something, then mabye you could work on creating a little bit taller soap box and whining about the downward spiral of American teen ethics, except that people all over the world and all ages do it too, so that also won't work. Hmmmm.... When the music industry goes broke from all the idiotic mistakes they are making now, then they will realize they need a new business model, and maybe then people will start buying again. Either that or another company will find a way to make money at music and they will be out of business anyway.

RE: Greedy
By dgingeri on 5/18/2006 10:56:22 AM , Rating: 2
Ditto, I make a point to download all my music illegally. When I like artists, I do what counts...go to their shows, where they actually get a respectable chunk of money.

actually, they rarely get much from this either. most get more money from a single endorsement than all their albums combined. Most get maybe a couple hundred dollars per show and only use the concerts to promote their albums, where they get $2-3 per copy, but more importantly, promote their celebrity status so that they can get more product endorsements and interviews, where they get the majority of their money. Britney Spears is making more now off 2-3 year old pictures and endorsements than she ever made from her albums.

"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton

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