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November 11, 2005

RIAA Complains To Congress About Satellite Radio

The RIAA was annoyed that new satellite radios would let users record shows off the air -- the modern-day equivalent of kids recording songs from FM onto cassettes -- and has gone crying to Congress, backing the HD Radio Content Protection Act of 2005. The act would essentially undermine the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992, which permits consumers to record music in their homes for non-commercial use, and force makers of digital and satellite radios with recording functionality delete recordings after a certain amount of time. Being able to make tape recordings of FM broadcasts didn't bring the recording industry to its knees, and this won't either, and never mind that home recordings are protected by law. But that means little to the entertainment industry, which would love to do away with things like fair use. Anyway, if people are really determined to record stuff, there's always the analog out -- oh wait, that want to get rid of that, too.

Posted by dymaxion at November 11, 2005 05:29 PM


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