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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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By Xavian on 10/16/2006 8:14:15 PM , Rating: 5
But Piracy is everywhere! wont people think of the poor poor RIAA.

The RIAA is fighting a losing battle and ill be glad when its gone, that blight on our culture sums up everything that is wrong with copyrights and lawsuits.

I would love to go back to day 1, where music was merely an extension of art, where musicians played their music freely to express their art, where if you wanted to support the artist you could and not be forced into it.

I salute those artists who put their music online for free. Why? because publishing labels get all the money and the artists (unless you are a megastar) get a pittance. I'd much rather a model where artists put their music online for free and had concerts or tours to show your support for them.

For society as a whole to go forward, the RIAA and to a lesser extent the MPAA must fall.




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