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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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By PurdueRy on 5/18/2006 12:42:33 PM , Rating: 5
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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