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Senators introduce bill to restrict Internet, cable, and satellite radio recording
Written by Gizmo   
Saturday, 13 January 2007 07:34

The government's at it a gain, trying to take away our rights at the behest of the RIAA et. al.  Read all about it at Ars Technica.

"A new bill introduced in the US Senate this week would force satellite, digital, and Internet radio providers (but not over-the-air radio) to implement measures designed to restrict the ability of listeners to record audio from the services. Called the 'Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music Act' (PERFORM), the bill is sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Joseph Biden (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

If the name of the bill sounds familiar, it should. The bill was originally introduced in April 2006 with the support of the RIAA. It died in committee, but the senators are hopeful that the bill will pass this time around.

Like its predecessor, the new legislation would require content protection on all satellite radio broadcasts along with cable and Internet broadcasts. Broadcasters would be required to 'use reasonably available and economically reasonable technology to prevent music theft.' But that's not bad for consumers, says Sen. Feinstein, who tells us that "consumers' current recording habits" will not be inhibited as they will still be allowed to record by time period or station. However, they would be prevented from automatically cherry-picking all the Shakira songs from the services." 

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