Record Companies vs. Satellite Radio

Published: 2005-10-11
Record companies don't seem to be making any friends lately. In the past few weeks, they have argued with Apple boss Steve Jobs over the price of digital downloads, sent cease and desist letters to P2P file sharing sites all over the United States, and gone after a new bunch of average Joe file swappers. Now they could be going after satellite radio.

Likely taking a cue from Apple's success with iPods and iTunes, satellite companies have been releasing devices that allow people to listen to different satellite radio stations from providers such as XM and Sirius Satellite Radio.

However, these new devices also allow people to record hours of the satellite radio programming, including chatty DJs, talk shows, and music. Major record companies, including Universal, EMI, Warner Music, and Sony BMG, are saying that these recordings violate copyright.

It is perfectly legal to record songs that you're going to keep for your own use.

To date, no lawsuits have been filed, and the two sides are talking about a way to resolve these issues without having to take legal action.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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