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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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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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