CEA Defends XM, Again
When the RIAA sued XM over their Inno recording device, CEA decried the move as an attempt to “strong-arm more money” from the satellite radio industry. Now that XM has filed a motion to dismiss the suit, CEA, along with the Home Recording Rights Coalition, has filed an amicus brief supporting the motion.
The brief states that the suit violates the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA), which it contends legalizes digital satellite radio recorders like the one in question. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro echoed CEA’s earlier sentiments, characterizing the lawsuit as “a brazen effort by the labels to strong-arm more money from a successful technology industry startup.” He claimed that the type of recording performed by the Inno “has been expressly recognized by Congress, in the AHRA, as protected from lawsuit.”
The RIAA contends that the Inno constitutes a music download service, and that they should be compensated accordingly.
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