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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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By OrSin on 5/22/2006 8:14:54 AM , Rating: 2
The radio is not the same as XM. The key difference is that XM is digital. Therefore you can make a perfect copy. We all know how bad a radio recording is. I still don;t agree with the Bloodsuckers. That why thier are so many protection in thia day and ago. When everything was analog no one cared if you copied it becasue the copy was bad and the copy of the copy was even worst. But with ditigal every copy is just like the orginal. I can see the problem just donlt agree with the solution.

RE: Digital
By Griswold on 5/22/2006 8:35:55 AM , Rating: 2
But, you didnt think XM is the only way to record digital broadcast, did you?

RE: Digital
By zombiexl on 5/22/2006 11:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
SO then when HD radio gets bigger, then we should see these stations being sued too? Or would it be the companies that will make the DAR's (Digital Audio Recorder's)?

The point is that this is a freakin joke. I can *maybe* understand downloading music in a lossless format being frowned upon, but do you seriously believe that the signal XM and Sirius send out is uncompressed bit level complete?

Oh and there is software that you can use to record sat radio.

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