RIAA Sues XM Satellite Radio
May 18, 2006 12:01 AM
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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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5/18/2006 12:26:43 AM
I've been mum about RIAA's crackdowns but IMO this crossed a line. I don't think it can get much worse than this.
5/18/2006 12:37:37 AM
Sure it can.... and will when the RIAA starts sueing the Grandmas and little girls who have music recorded on their portable XM players. ;)
5/18/2006 1:47:04 AM
And don't forget the dead ones too.
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