CEA Defends XM
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. This month XM files a motion to dismiss the suit, and CEA, along with the Home Recording Rights Coalition, files 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 claims 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 the Inno constitutes a music download service, and that they should be compensated.
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