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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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Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By BillyBatson on 10/16/2006 7:04:28 PM , Rating: 5
What about cassette tapes?! People can record FM radio onto those and my old sony cassette walkman could aswell! Are those illegal too? why were we for sooooooo long alowed to record onto cassette tapes and take them anywhere we wanted? What about VHS and dvd recorders now that record tv shows?
I don't get this I don't see why we can't be walking down the street and record the free media streaming through the air onto players to listen to again later.

RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By FearlessUser on 10/16/2006 7:21:25 PM , Rating: 5
Thanks. Now the RIAA is going to want FM tuners taken out of steroes, too. Way to go...

RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By lemonadesoda on 10/16/2006 7:43:35 PM , Rating: 5
In other news... secret documents reveal that the RIAA want to ban CD's and ALL hi-fi equipment that doesn't adhere to their new pay-per-listen system. The PAPEL system associates your credit card number with the number of times you have played a certain track. You get 10seconds for free, allowing you to demo your material. After 10 seconds you will be automatically billed $0.20 per track.

RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By delta53 on 10/16/2006 7:52:44 PM , Rating: 5
This reminds me of a very simialar debat...Sony with the VHS tapes for TV....CD burners...DVD burners...I wish creative would fight this. I would love to have my car record radio programs while I was at work so I could listen to it during my commute or record a show that I am listening to so I could actually go into the store and not sit in my car listening to the end and look like an idiot. The point is that someone will figure out a way to get around the system and download the song/show and distribute it but a crook will be a crook. Just keep the honest man honest and make it hard to do so. Beside, for people that want song, do they actually what FM quality?

RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By geeg on 10/16/2006 10:23:51 PM , Rating: 4
welcome to the corporate america.

RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By JonB on 10/17/2006 10:20:22 AM , Rating: 3
Does the RIAA have a mailing address? I have some FM receivers that are potential offenders and would feel better if they had them and I wouldn't be tempted anymore.

RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By isaacmacdonald on 10/16/2006 10:06:45 PM , Rating: 3
I agree. This is getting ridiculous. What about when I hear something clever on NPR that has nothing to do with the RIAA? These anti-social people need to stop trying to inhibit technology by suing everyone, and start devising business plans.

RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By rushfan2006 on 10/17/2006 12:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
The most absurd thing about the RIAA with all its analness is if you read their propoganda they sell their mission as protecting the rights of professional recording artists and what not.....

But in all reality, the RIAA really represents the executives of the industry...the people, in other words, who "truly" see the lion's share of the profits. Not the direct "artist" (though the term "artist" should be very cautiously applied to most music acts today).

RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By kilkennycat on 10/17/2006 11:06:33 PM , Rating: 2
Recording of radio broadcasts and other copyright material on to cassettes for personal use was the subject of a Supreme Court case back in the 70's (or was it 60's ?). The RIAA lost. Other than the different recording media the legal argument in the cassette case still stands today. Seems as if the RIAA is now paying the right lobbyists, with a bunch of money-grubbing State politicians and US Congressional members in their pockets, plus probably judiciously-financing judges' campaigns so nobody wants to fight them legally at least in the US. So when is Joe Public going to say "enough is enough"? Sadly, the only way of fighting the RIAA is to refrain from purchasing any music media or service with a deliberate constraint imposed by the RIAA on its personal use. No downloaded music, (now) no XM-radio etc, etc. You would still be able to buy (non-DRM-protected) CDs. Hit 'em in the pocket-book; that the only place that the RIAA elephant can hurt.

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