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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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Time Shifting
By techntoons on 5/21/2006 9:38:05 PM , Rating: 2
The way I understand it, is that XM has not purchased the rights for timeshifting the music. I have used and I know that on the site you can only skip to the next song only so many times in an hour. This is due to the rights they have to the music.
If this is correct, and XM does not own the rights, then it won't be very good news for them in the end. I agree that the RIAA is spending way to much time in court for the stupidest reasons. They need to learn to give the fans what they want and not deny them rights.

Bryan Henry

RE: Time Shifting
By jtesoro on 5/21/2006 10:17:23 PM , Rating: 2
All this licensing stuff and giving rights to use things only one way and not another is going too far. HDCP to limit full res video only to "authorized" displays... Record or not record hi-def TV... Philips' anti commercial skip... And now this thing with Pandora and XM.

What's next, we'll need to pay licenses to use our PCs for downloading files off the internet? Oh, and how about licenses to play certain types of games?

"New DELL dual core notebook for only $299. Includes license to play FPS games!

- RPG games license $90
- Racing games license $50
- Internet browsing license $100
- Productivity apps license $200

Bonus: You can use Notepad and Calc for free!!"

RE: Time Shifting
By WileCoyote on 5/22/2006 12:24:56 AM , Rating: 2
That's a scary thought but at least in your scenario you can "own" pc software unlike purchased digital music. If software publishers followed the music industry's model I would expect stuff like:

-limiting use of a program to X amount of times after which you have to pay for another X uses. If you don't pay then the program is removed or permanently disabled.

-software requiring montly subscription payment. As soon as you end the subscription the software is removed or permanently disabled.

RE: Time Shifting
By jtesoro on 5/22/2006 5:47:09 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, what you say is true for a lot of enterprise / corporate applications already. It's very annoying (and expensive) when software our company "bought" requires us to pay hefty licensing fees every year. I'd much prefer the one time purchase model with a maintenance agreement in place.

I don't recall what it's like for Oracle, SAP and the like, but we try to steer clear if we encounter vendors who pushes the licensing model even though we ask for custom-built software (where the IP should be ours).

RE: Time Shifting
By bob661 on 5/22/2006 12:18:21 AM , Rating: 2
The way I understand it, is that XM has not purchased the rights for timeshifting the music
One doesn't need "rights" to record music off the radio and that's a free service. Why does one need "rights" to record from a pay service?

RE: Time Shifting
By techntoons on 5/22/2006 12:51:43 AM , Rating: 2
The difference is that radio is not encouraging you to record music. You can do it but the radio can not provide you with easy methods.
This makes it the listeners responsibile to act within the law. XM has decided to give its customers the ability at no extra cost. Why pay money for a song when you can use your existing service from XM to have them all for free.
I still don't link the whole idea but this is the way the music industry has it set up at the moment.

Bryan Henry

RE: Time Shifting
By jtesoro on 5/22/2006 5:51:27 AM , Rating: 2
How about radios with casette recorders? I think that was considered an "easy method" in it's day. Were manufacturers required to pay licenses then?

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