Internet and Satellite Radio: Copy-Protection at any Cost
A new piece of legislation is swirling around the Senate cesspool, aimed at eliminating any possibility for a listener to record audio from internet or satellite radio. If the Perform Act is passed, MP3 streaming will be put to bed, and a new (no doubt, worse-sounding) DRM-laden technology will be forced upon web radio stations. Rather than taking advantage of new technologies and revamping their business model, the RIAA (read: lobby dollars behind the Perform Act) prefers to punish all who listen to music via suing the pants off of customers and coming up with far-reaching restrictions for the radio stations that help their records sell. Read more about how the RIAA and the U.S. Senate want to ruin your fun here.
Last month, the FCC left us all dumbfounded by their latest batch of indecency rulings for television (click to read a legal interpretation of recent FCC fines). We thought it wasn't possible for the definition of indecency to become any murkier, but oops, the feds did it again. Luckily, broadcasters aren't going to take millions of dollars in fines lying down. CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox have all united against the FCC, filing several lawsuits calling the indecency rulings unconstitutional. Chairman Martin, whose term was just extended for another 5 years, asserts that the FCC's indecency standards are clear. Yeah... In any case, we're excited to see that this issue is finally headed to court; and backed by major network dollars, to boot.
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