The Audio Broadcast Flag Licensing Act of 2006 (H.R. 4861) requires all digital radio makers to build their devices so that they only permit “customary uses” of broadcasts. That means that no one ever gets to invent any new radio tech ever again unless the RIAA approves of it.
Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing about a new bill introduced by Rep. Mike Ferguson. The bill won’t only completely and utterly cripple innovation & development of cool new music-playing devices, though. Ferguson also plans to rule out “unauthorized copying” – which is a hell of a lot broader than “illegal copying”. I guess I’ll never get behind those copyright-lobbyists’ twisted minds. Anyway, Cory goes on to quote some proposals by the RIAA from 2004, just to give you a rough idea just how insane those guys sometimes are:
- Receivers may only record or permit recording of covered content: (a) in direct and immediate response to a consumer pressing a record button; (b) based on a date and time preprogrammed by the consumer.
- Preprogrammed recordings shall be for a minimum period of 30 minutes in duration.
- A replay buffer may be used to initiate a recording of a previously broadcast transmission provided that the buffer does not exceed 30 minutes in duration.
- Each recording of covered content shall be stored and retrieved as a singe continuous session and may not be divided into recordings of individual songs on an automated or non-automated basis using ID information or audio characteristics…
Basically, this seems to be a perfect proposal on how to make radios suck, and suck badly. Good job, RIAA.
ps. here are the first three hits when googling for “RIAA”. Not to indicate anything…
[RIAA] [Boycott RIAA]