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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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RE: Greedy
By Knish on 5/18/2006 12:23:13 AM , Rating: -1
XM stopped caring about its customers a long time ago.

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!

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