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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 dgingeri on 5/18/2006 10:56:22 AM , Rating: 2
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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.


"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser











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