Music, CE Industries Battle over Technology
Digital recording technologies, teamed with the Internet, are pushing the envelope of the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA), and, consequently, sometimes the products are stalled at their introductions.
AHRA-compliant products incorporate Serial Copy Management System (SCMS) technology that only allows a first-generation digital copy to be produced. In addition, a royalty is added to the cost of the player/recorder and the blank media.
Shipment of Diamond Multimedia's Rio, a device that stores and plays back music downloaded from the Internet using MP3 compression, was delayed when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed a law suit against Diamond alleging the Rio violating the AHRA.