Thursday, June 29, 2006

Politicians, Music and Fair Use

June 29, 2006

Satellite Standard group keeps you informed.

UPI Correspondent Jessica Taylor wrote an interesting piece on copyright laws, fair use laws, and the issues that Sirius and XM find themselves in regarding this hot topic.

Article Excerpts:

WASHINGTON, June 29 (UPI) -- New radio technologies have music industry and radio officials at odds over fair use of audio and video digital transmissions.
The implementation of audio and video flags to block unauthorized distribution and replication could be one solution, experts testified Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. However, opponents of the flags say they would still block even legal use of music by consumers.

The Audio Broadcast Flag Licensing Act, currently pending before the committee, would authorize the Federal Communications Commission to implement technologies to prohibit unlawful transmission and copying from satellite and HD radio.

"Specifically, it provides that technical licensing agreements currently taking place between satellite/HD radio and developers of digital audio broadcast systems include a broadcast flag or similar technology that limits the unauthorized dissemination, duplication and redistribution of the content," said Rep. Mike Ferguson, R-N.J., sponsor of the proposed bill.......

The article goes on to discuss this important topic in great detail and icludes quotes from Sirius as well as XM, and others. SSG Readers are encouraged to read the whole article HERE

6/29/2006 11:21:00 PM

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