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September 9, 2005

RIAA to Congress: Give Us Control of Digital Radio

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Mike Godwin has the scoop on the recording industry's new bid to assert control over radio broadcasts, in an effort to stop you from doing things like "[automatically copying] particular recordings of the user's choice, thereby transforming a passive listening experience into a personal music library often without even listening to the original broadcast."

In other words, it's worried that you'll have a TiVo for radio. And it believes that by citing fears of digital "theft" of free radio broadcasts -- which have never copy-protected -- it can persuade Congress to stop TiVo for radio from happening. Or, to be more precise, to stop it from happening without being able to control it. It's already decided, for example, that people shouldn't be able to automatically search for and record songs by a particular artist. But after the Broadcast Flag smackdown, it needs Congress to give the FCC explicit authority to make it so.

Writes Fred von Lohmann @ Deep Links:


[The] music industry is basically saying that, where recording from next-generation radio is concerned, government must step in and freeze innovation to ensure that you can never do anything that you couldn't do with an analog cassette deck in 1984. This, despite the fact that Congress specifically approved of digital recording off the radio in the Audio Home Recording Act in 1992. So this is about stopping music fans from doing things that are perfectly legal under copyright law.

For more on why a Broadcast Flag-style regime for digital radio is a bad idea, check out Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn's opinion piece from last spring, Say No to a Radio Broadcast Flag.

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1. Scott on June 29, 2009 7:57 AM writes...

WTF??? So are we on the verge of becoming Radio Free America? visions of Red Dawn. IF the act of 1992 made it legal to copy for archival purposes or for personal use.. And Especially in these times when income is low and unemployment is high.. the only ones who have money are corporate america. We the people need to join some how and eliminate the RIAA.. maybe if people stop buying their product it will make them reconsider.. I am sure that most people have an abundance of music libraries? Since the Congress is subscribing to this fallacy, it really is against their own interests, how is anyone going to know what they like if music is removed from the airwaves? Don't tell me another story about DIGITAL RADIO transmission.. I don't believe it for an instant.. Digital TV has already hurt the viewers because those of us who can't afford 60.00/month to watch Cable or Satellite TV and have to rely on either radio or unreliable TV will surely fall into the woodwork and may become the protectors of the Americas.. I call for a boycott on RIAA, an impeachment of all congress, and ALL state representatives that support this and I also call on a resignation of any state representative who supports TAXING what once was free (YES this includes the FCC for taxing TV service, Rendell for wanting to TAX Radio.. I say it is time for EACH and EVERY resident and Each and EVERY member of Congress, and EACH and EVERY member of the Government to Honor the oaths that they took to protect this country against themselves or to resign your posts.. the US was fine before the taxation of out government to support a war that once over should have eliminated the taxes.. The Copngress should NOT be able to retire, they should all lose their pensions as I will lose MY pension thanks to piss poor government mismanagement. If Mr Obama continues to erode our resources then he also should stepdown eith his entire administration.. IMHO The Congress as well as the President should live no better than the least of their citizens,, 250,000/yr? the president has his food and shelter supplied by the US Citizens, Mr Obama, Congress,, I charge you to try to live as an unemployed person for a year (with NO unemployment benefits).. I am unemployed, I quit a dangerous job because I was injured twice almost 3 times, and since I quit to protect my personal health My unemployment benefits were denied, EVEN after I made the point know that the job is dangerous and that I was practically killed and WAS injured (through no fault of my own) twice in less than a year.. I can't even afford to wash clothes therefore how the Hell am I supposed to even try to get a job in this post Bush USofA?

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