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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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RIAA will probably die eventually
By ninjit on 5/18/2006 4:08:12 AM , Rating: 2
Outside of the really big popular ones, most artists don't make a lot of money on record sales, they earn their keep through shows.

With music going digital, I'm guessing the smart ones will simply release all their music via the web for free. People will download it, listen to it, it'll get air play, and if it's good people will go see their live shows. If it's bad, it won't get passed around so much, and people won't go see the shows - prompting artists to actually improve their work.
Heck, they could use transfer statistics to gauge how popular their music is, and if it's even worth bothering to organize live shows until they get a song that does well.

Free market conditions at its best.

RE: RIAA will probably die eventually
By Samus on 5/18/2006 5:37:24 AM , Rating: 2
die? they're still a 15B USD grossing organization annually. that's a shiznizzleload of dough.

By Scrogneugneu on 5/18/2006 8:46:07 PM , Rating: 3
But they're losing so much money to piracy... aren't they?

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