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 12:12:42 PM
almost all the comments here are ignorant.
1: yes u can get a tape recorder and record of fm/am stations.
but thats somewhat of a legal loophole allowed because its not a 1:1 copy. this dealing with a 1:1 digital copy.
2: $150k is probably justifiable if u consider after the user puts that song on limewire and 150k ppl dl it over a few months.... but i dont thinkt hey expect to collect it, just block this feature...
3: artists agree to the terms of the contract that a company in the riaa gives them... for every coldplay there are 100 losers who the record companies never see a return from. trying to circumvent the profit the riaa makes on an artists makes them less willing to give the next struggling musician a contract... because the perspective gains will be less.. as people like you dont buy the albums cause it "doesnt help the artist"...
the purpose of a record company is to basically give them a cash advance on their future profitability when no one else will or could appreciate their talent and prospects for success.
5/18/2006 12:42:33 PM
1. That is not a loophole around copyright infringement. Please show me where it says that only a 1:1 digital copy counts as copyright infringement
2. If you would have READ the news story you would see that you cannot get the songs that are recorded off the player.
3. Yes, I am sure the RIAA is having a hard time keeping its head above the water with all those contracts it gives to artists that don't return anything...that's why its a multi-billion dollar profit company.
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