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 5:47:09 AM
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).
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