A new front opens in the digital music wars?

CNET News.com ran a story late last week that may be of interest to anyone following the ongoing turf battles and legal wrangling in the still unsettled realm of digital music royalties, and how they should be charged and distributed. This article discusses the newly opened front between digital and satellite radio providers, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) now that devices for capturing individual songs from a digital feed are entering the market.

The legality of “recording” digital broadcasts or streams is the point of contention. Recording traditional AM/FM radio broadcasts by individuals had been considered fair use, but the question of capturing digital transmissions in real time is open to dispute. Read the whole article for the details.

Thanks to our friends at EchoMusic for the heads up on this article.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.