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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 bifffoley on 10/16/2006 11:16:24 PM , Rating: 1
Creative, Whimps! Someone, anyone, please stand up to the RIAA and keep them in check. I don't want the RIAA SS showing up at my door asking for my papers. My sister gave me a CD she bought and didn't like. Do I have to pay for it again? Soon, right?

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By Avatar28 on 10/16/2006 11:45:07 PM , Rating: 3
Correct. In a few more months all CDs will come with a shrink-wrap license agreement. By opening the package you agree that you are not buying a disc, you are buying a license to listen to the music. You are not allowed to transfer the music to a computer or MP3 player or any other device. Further the CD is licensed to only the original purchaser and the license is non-transferrable, meaning you can't give away or sell the CD. If they catch someone with a CD for which they cannot provide proof that they are the original purchaser, they will be sued for breach of contract and copyright infringement. Likewise, any store selling the disc used is equally guilty and will be sued for the maximum penalty allowed by law.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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