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The RIAA strikes again

It looks like the RIAA's war on music pirates continues to affect not only legitimate consumers but music companies as well. This week, Creative announced that it will be removing FM radio recording from its portable music players from here on out. Creative has released a new firmware update for its Zen MicroPhoto and Zen Vision:M players that removes FM recording. We're finding it baffling that owners of the above products would rush to download such an update.

Earlier this year, XM Satellite Radio was handed a lawsuit by the RIAA for allow its subscribers to record satellite radio broadcasts onto portable XM players. XM argued that while users were able to record whatever they pleased, the songs were not transferable and users were not able to move data onto a computer. Despite this important detail, the RIAA pressed forward anyway, indicating that it wanted XM to pay a hefty $150,000 for every song that XM users downloaded.

MP3s, satellite radio and FM radio are all part of the RIAA's music portfolio. Companies are now facing stricter regulations and consumers continue to face ongoing lawsuits.

Besides removing FM recording off its new Zen firmware, Creative also introduced several minor fixes such as video zooming and language support.

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Yay more good news form the RIAA
By kamel5547 on 10/16/2006 6:53:00 PM , Rating: 3
.... In breaking news the RIAA has successfully forced all cassette manufacturers to disable the record function due to "rampant copyright violations". Manufacturers of said devices refused to comment except to say that "despite years of fair use exemptions for taping FM recordings we cannot afford the legal fees to fight this."

Hmm, lets see all the independent disc sellers are going belly up, piracy is as prevalent as ever, blocking FM recordings sure is going to fix the problem. Geez... I could think of one better way, charge Creative and XM a seperate licensing fee for the service (say $10 bucks for the Creative, 50 cents a month for XM). Its not like radio broadcasts are uber-quality.

Brings back a flashback with a twist though:

All your bases are belong to us(RIAA)!

RE: Yay more good news form the RIAA
By lemonadesoda on 10/16/2006 7:38:59 PM , Rating: 3
It's time somebody sued the RIAA for malicious intent.

If the RIAA was SO CONCERNED about piracy on the FM waves, then they should insist that all broadcasts of copyright material included a "copyright signal code" within existing RDS (Radio Data Signal). Any broadcast including the copyright signal could then be locked from recording on the device. Simple to implement... no harder to do than existing technology that displays the name of the radio station, or the name of the currently playing song.

RIAA have no right to restrict people private use of recording anything over which they have no jurisdiction. A restriction of freedom. Doesn't the US constitution come in here somewhere?

Of course, WHO would pay for the lawyers fees to sort this out. And here is the irony. Law and regulation is being created by corporations who can afford to pay the lawyers to create these kinds of laws. Somebody put a stop to this.

RE: Yay more good news form the RIAA
By mindless1 on 10/16/2006 7:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
What makes you think they DON'T want a no-copy code and compliant equipment forced upon consumers?

Such is perceived as being undesirable to the consumer but when you get a large arrogant company like Creative, they figure they're popular enough they can do without the feature. They'll be right in some cases of course, some people don't want FM recording, but others like myself can't see anything positive about removing it, want a player that can record voice and FM.

By INeedCache on 10/16/2006 8:01:02 PM , Rating: 5
The RIAA wants everyone over 16 to pay them $10 a day, whether they even listen to music or not. In fact, the RIAA wants $.25 everytime you even think about music.

RE: Yay more good news form the RIAA
By sxr7171 on 10/17/2006 1:46:16 AM , Rating: 3
Man, I want to donate to the EFF now!

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