The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) attacks the record label industry for their attempt to outlaw recording of digital radio (space and time shifting, as the RIAA calls it).
This could be a first sign of a new, if loose alliance between consumers and electronics producers:
The electronics producers, because they wanna sell their products with all the features they developed, that is: to make a cool product. (Keep in mind that iPods and other mp3players, for example, would be nearly completely useless if the RIAA got their way.)
And we consumers because we want to listen to the music we bought where we want to. (Can you imagine buying a book you’re only to read at home, on your desk, while sitting on the same chair you were sitting on when you bought the book? “What do you mean, you’d like to read in in the subway – did you pay extra for that?”)
The most powerful thing the CEA could do is if their members stop manufacturing tech that controls their customers (as DRM measures do) and instead enables them to use the data in every possible way.[via Boing Boing]