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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: Stop Buying Music for a week.
By powerincarnate on 5/18/2006 7:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
I'll make one comment. Agree or disagree if you want.

One thing I've learned as I grew older is that there are people out there that simply have a certain belief no matter how evil or wrong, or harm that it causes. That's why it is in some ways stupid to hear things like, how could people align with hitler, or How could people actually allow the slave trade or slavery to happen, or how could people allow the mass killing that leads to near extinction of a group of people.

The fact remains, when these events are happening there are people out there who thinks it is the right thing to do, or a necessary evil. Years later, decades later, centuries later, milleniums later, we get apologies, people ashamed, people wondering how could people be so wrong.

Well, it happens all the time now. There are those out there who thinks that a group of countries, mostly European or european derived should be the only ones allowed to own nuclear weapons and "protect" the others. It's funny how the onese suppose to do the protecting is the ones most responsible for past wars and crimes. Instead of No Nuclear weapons, we get a ok some could the rest can't and we'll beat the crap out of any of the one's who can't who might have even a slight intention of potentially get it themselves. History will prove the Iraq war and it's bloddy aftermath as wrong and we'll get the same How could we allow it to happen.

Potential Domestic spying, Tax cut for the rich, simply allowing such a large disparity in wealth (one person worth 50 billion while millions struggle for food in your own country), installing puppet governments that destabilize the growth of other countries, Closing one border while another border to the north is open and people can come in and out as they please with just a license (racist, prejudice, and discrimmatory immigration related actions have always occured even among european groups and looking back 100, 150, 200 years later, we always look at these actions as wrong and history will again be the same 100 years from now). Putting japanese men in concentration camps while Germans, Italians didn't have the same level of treatment (match that with the current treatment of Arab or middle eastern people and/or their religion).

People may not be able to see it now, they might not be able to see it as it is happening, but look how fast Vietnam became a mistake, There are current mistakes happening as we speak, it's almost everyday you hear another one. It's to bad this country is split nearly in half often clingling to strongly to one group or antother without being an individual. And by that I'm including Some mistakes from both conservatives and librals, Left and Right. In my opinion you should always be an independent and you decide on whom to align with base on the person's ideals and ability to govern and allow freedom to persist. As history showed, One party can change it's stance over time and therefore the name of the party isn't what matters, It's where they stand politically and thefore the actions they cause and allow to cause is what ultimately matter.

take this and apply it to non governmental entities as well, apply it to clear channel, RIAA, Microsoft, anything you want and decide whether you "trully" think they are wrong or evil or whether it is simply people on the wrong side of the spectrum complaining. (ie.. One can say Guns kill and should be banned, while another person on the other side of the spectrum may say, gun allows sport, protection, food (hunting) and that People kill and the gun is just the tool.

RE: Stop Buying Music for a week.
By igloo15 on 5/19/2006 12:55:34 AM , Rating: 2
Hey I liked your post I read it all the way through the beginning and ending were good as they seemed unbias. Your middle was extremely bias but hey what can you do. As far as there is no evil side as each side feels justified in their own ways I agree.

RE: Stop Buying Music for a week.
By PurdueRy on 5/19/2006 3:29:00 AM , Rating: 2
Marx would love you.

Guess you don't understand capatalism

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls

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