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NMPA sued XM Satellite Radio

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 22 Mar 2007 23:38 User comments (3)

NMPA sued XM Satellite Radio The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has filed a lawsuit against XM Satellite Radio, accusing the service of copyright infringement over its "XM + MP3" music service. XM + MP3 allows users to record on-air tracks through devices like the Pioneer Inno player. Music publishers are crying foul, saying that XM users are making permanent copies with compensating songwriters and without any permission.
Lead attorney Debra Wong Yang wrote in a statement that the service, "constitutes pervasive and willful copyright infringement to the overwhelming detriment of copyright holders, legitimate online music services and, ultimately, consumers." XM and Sirius also have the RIAA on their backs over ability of listeners to record music from the services.

XM has argued that its listeners are fully entitled to make recordings under the 1992 Home Recording Act. However, the record labels insist that the devices used to make the recordings are "iPod-like" and that the services have become more like music download services like iTunes and so should fall under a different copyright licensing regime.

NMPA President David Israelite said the legal action brought late on Thursday was a last resort after months of discussions between the two. However, XM does not seem too worried about the action. Spokesman Chance Patterson dismissed the suit as "a negotiating tactic to gain an advantage in our ongoing business discussions."

"XM pays royalties to writers and composers who are also compensated by our device manufacturers," he said. "We are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and that we will prevail." The publishers are seeking an injunction to halt the "infringing behavior" and have requested a maximum of $150,000 in damages for each work allegedly infringed by XM.


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3 user comments

123.3.2007 4:45

OMG someone might make a digital recording of a song someone else(XM) paid for OMG THE WORLD IS ENDING!!!!!!!!!

FCK OFF!!!!!!!!



223.3.2007 20:56

I agree with XM.

The public has a right to copy recordings off the radio.

What's the name of the company again???

xm satellite RADIO....

ah ha!


325.3.2007 4:13

Recording industry are greedy, recording from xm device is more like when having a cassette tape radio and ur favorite song comes on and you press record, the individual is not going out and making money from that recording he made, i think we the users are getting fedup with the recording industry monopoly game, just like oil companys with gas prices.

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