Music Publishers Sue XM Radio

The National Music Publishers' Association is suing XM Satellite Radio, saying that XM violates copyright laws with a service called "XM (plus) MP3". It enables users to store and replay songs on certain devices, something the group claims isn't covered by the royalties the company pays to music publishers for broadcast rights. Like traditional radio broadcasters, satellite radio services must pay the publishers of music and record labels royalties for the right to broadcast music. The songs remain on the device as long as the customer subscribes to XM. XM spokesman Chance Patterson said the lawsuit by the NMPA was without merit and it "simply represents a negotiating tactic to gain advantage in our ongoing business discussions." The music publishers' lawsuit is similar to another filed against XM last year by the Recording Industry Association of America. That case is still pending.

News source: Physorg

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AM or FM radio + Cassette tape recorder? Hello!

I'd like to see RIAA sue Sony. Or Sony Records sue Sony hardware division. Afterall, Sony tape recorders can infringe on Sony music copyrights. Or Sony Records sue Sony Computer division.

oh don't worry, the RIAA is still building their case against both Sirius & XM.

The RIAA is just making sure the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed, since suing corporations is little more difficult, than suing somebody's 92 yr old grandmother or some other poor ******, that doesn't even know what a computer is let alone an MP3.


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The songs remain on the device as long as the customer subscribes to XM.

that tells me it's probably legal, since really, you're still listening to the radio, you're just "requesting" the songs anytime you want without disturbing anybody else