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is reporting that a Canadian programmer has written a program to timeshift broadcasts on his XM radio by copying the broadcast to his PC. This has the XM folks and the RIAA's panties all in a bunch. Basically, this software is a tape recorder. The RIAA is worried that someone is using music in a way that they don't control. XM is worried because they were planning on a similar product, probably with DRM, but this guy beat them to it. This shows where these greedy folks want to go - the permission culture. They don't want you doing anything without their permission. This guy did nothing illegal, but he violated their ownership fantasy. Their fantasy is that they own the music not you and whatever you do must only be done with their permission. Digital time shifting hits them in the face because of its digital nature, but converting analog output to digital does the same thing. How long before the RIAA tries to ban any device that contains an A-D converter? With their friends in congress hard at work on the INDUCE act and trying to legislate DRM in all computing devices, it makes me wonder who the real pirates are. These folks are trying to rob us of the fair use of our digital material. That sounds like piracy to me.
posted at 04:03:58 on 08/27/04
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