Tuesday, May 16, 2006

RIAA Sues XM Satellite

Today, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed a lawsuit in New York federal court claiming that XM Satellite Radio's $399 "Inno" Pioneer handheld receiver – which can store up to 50 hours of downloaded music – violates federal copyright laws by allowing users to save and label songs that are saved. In other words, the RIAA is suing XM over the satellite company’s refusal to pay another set of license fees (in addition to blanket performance royalties) for storage of music on portable devices. The lawsuit seeks $150,000 in damages for every song copied by XM customers using the devices. The "Inno" receivers went on sale several weeks ago under the slogan, "Hear it, click it, save it."

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