XM Issues Statement About RIAA Lawsuit
May 21, 2006 3:33 PM
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XM will not concede to the RIAA quietly
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.
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: Time Shifting
5/22/2006 12:18:21 AM
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
5/22/2006 12:51:43 AM
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.
RE: Time Shifting
5/22/2006 5:51:27 AM
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?
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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