LAT To Hollywood: Back Off; Rosen’s New Song

(via TechDirt) A rather bold editorial from LAT about entertainment industry lobbyists pressing Congress to adopt at least five different proposals that would give them more “control over their works as they flow through new digital pipelines into living rooms and portable devices”, and its opposition to some of the moronic proposals.
Protecting intellectual property is a legitimate goal for Congress…but what the entertainment industry is seeking in this year’s proposals isn’t merely protection from piracy; it’s after increased leverage to protect its business models.
Meanwhile, in a related story, Wired interviews Hilary Rosen, former head Recording Industry Association of America, on how she has been singing a changed tune following her leaving RIAA. She’s now helping XM, which is embroiled in a lawsuit with the major record labels over a feature that allows satellite radio customers to temporarily store copies of songs on devices for on-demand listening.
On music industry and Apple: The record companies, I think, have tried to convince Apple to open up their system…The choice now is to either go unprotected so everybody has the same shot and the market expands, or to continue down what I think is an unfriendly path for consumers and the industry, because I don’t think it’s growing as fast as it can.
On XM lawsuit: If there were a search function that said I want Coldplay every time it plays on any XM channel, and I want my device to pull it down and establish a Coldplay library, then I think that would be crossing the line, but these devices don’t do that. They allow you to save existing programming and make play lists out of the programming you have affirmatively saved, so I think this dispute will be resolved.

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