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XM will not concede to the RIAA quietly

DailyTech earlier reported that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is planning to sue XM radio over the use of the Pioneer Inno XM2go portable XM player.  Users with the device from Pioneer are able to save music files that XM broadcasts onto the player -- the RIAA claims that the device infringes on copyright laws, and the organization should get higher music licensing fees. 

XM recently published a letter to its users claiming "They [The RIAA] don't get it. These devices are clearly legal. Consumers have enjoyed the right to tape off the air for their personal use for decades, from reel-to-reel and the cassette to the VCR and TiVo."

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has also spoken out against the lawsuit by the RIAA.  Michael Petricone, Vice President of Government Affairs for the CEA took time to protect the rights of XM allowing users to have a device like the Pioneer Inno.

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RE: Greedy B's
By bpurkapi on 5/21/2006 4:47:28 PM , Rating: 5
Pirates are only an excuse for what the RIAA is doing, just like terrorists are an excuse to steal your rights. They are both problematic and I realize this, I am no idealist, but as the saying goes "absolute power corrupts absolutely." The RIAA will start out going after pirates but eventually greed and power propel them to start doing things that are by all means retarded and detrimental to everyone.

RE: Greedy B's
By Inkjammer on 5/21/2006 5:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
I can only imagine that it's a matter of time before the RIAA demands exit interviews when you purchase your music, and requiring consumers to sign agreements upon purchase, like a software NDA.

"You agree to listen to the media only upon the original format and method of music transporation the audio was purchased on. You will not copy, burn, rip, pod..."

It seems like the RIAA's next move.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
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