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June 16, 2004
RIAA Killed the Radio TiVo
Or at least, that's what it's trying to do. But there's a not-so-minor complication: TiVo for radio hasn't even been born yet.
This is, of course, just how the RIAA wants it: If you kill or hobble a new technology at/before birth, it can't grow up to threaten the status quo. And the music industry should have veto power over any technology that stands in the way of the past.
Fred von Lohmann has a new piece on this over @ Deep Links, pointing to the EFF/Brennan Center comments (PDF) asking the FCC to deny the music industry its latest request for a tech mandate.
"The RIAA seems to have missed the fact that recording from the radio is perfectly and clearly legal," writes Fred. "Europeans already have car stereos that can time-shift digital radio. We can already record streaming webcasts and analog FM broadcasts. So why is it, exactly, that we should somehow end up with less capable devices for digital radio?"
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