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Tech Industry Fires Back at NAB and RIAA Over FM Radios

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Aug 24, 2010, 1:46 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

A number of lobbying organizations representing a large number of consumer electronics device makers have sent a letter to National Association of Broadcasters and the Recording Industry Association of America about the two organizations' plot to mandate the installation of FM radios in all mobile devices. The organizations wrote, "We are concerned by an August 6 release ... suggesting that parties to the long-standing dispute over performance rights royalties may be working to forge a legislative compromise that would mandate the inclusion of FM radio chips in all mobile devices. We strongly oppose any proposal to impose such a technology mandate on mobile devices and urge you to resist efforts to include such a mandate in legislation addressing the performance rights royalty issue. It is simply wrong for two entrenched industries to resolve their differences by agreeing to burden a third industry -- which has no relationship to or other interest in the performance royalty dispute -- with a costly, ill-considered, and unnecessary new mandate. The proposed imposition of an FM chip mandate is not necessary for resolution of the dispute between performance artists and broadcasters and, if adopted, it would be bad policy for several reasons." The organizations involved in authoring the letter include the CTIA-The Wireless Association, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the Information Technology Industry Council, the Rural Cellular Association, TechAmerica and the Telecommunications Industry Association. The groups concluded their letter, in part, by saying, "Calls for an FM chip mandate are not about public safety but are instead about propping up a business which consumers are abandoning as they avail themselves of new, more consumer- friendly options."

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Is it that necessary???... WolfCR13 Aug 25, 2010, 3:09 AM
Tech Industry: I'm charging... Overmann Aug 24, 2010, 2:07 PM
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