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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > RIAA Demands Cell Phone Makers to Install FM Tuner

RIAA Demands Cell Phone Makers to Install FM Tuner

RIAA Demands Cell Phone Makers to Install FM Tuner

Added: Saturday, August 21st, 2010
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The Recording Industry Association of America is reported to support an effort by the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) to try and get Congress to demand all mobile electronic devices have an FM tuner installed. In its turn, the radio would pay $100 million in royalties to musicians and record labels. NAB claims that FM tuners in mobile phones are an unparalleled lifeline service everyone should have in times of crisis or emergency.

The industry always looks like having a monopoly on partnerships which somehow most consumers are afraid of. Now the RIAA partners with the NAB to persuade Congress to hand out a demand for all mobile electronic devices get an FM radio tuner installed, which CEA president Gary Shapiro believes to be the height of absurdity.

Although this innovation won’t directly hurt consumers, it would undoubtedly force manufacturers to compromise features that users really want, like light weight or long battery life. One should admit that the requirement to install an additional antenna would just reduce the performance of products. The innovation by Motorola, Amazon, HP-Palm or Apple will get replaced with government design demands that aren’t in the public national interest at all.

The agreement between the RIAA and NAB comes from the radio’s long exemption from the obligation to pay royalties according to the country’s copyright law. As opposed to satellite radio and webcasters which have to pay performance fees to record labels, musicians and songwriters, radio was only obliged to pay to songwriters. As for the rest, it has been exempted from them in the name of performer promotion, though it’s not clear why the former two were considered to promote artists worse.

Nevertheless, the RIAA is reported to support the Performance Rights Act which is designed to amend copyright legislation in order to fix the discrepancy and provide the musicians equal rights to get royalties from radio. In its turn, radio is required to pay about $100 million in annual royalties. This way the industry gets money and radio is supposed to get an expanded audience.

The most interesting thing is the explanation of the importance for radio antennas to be installed in cell phones: people should have access to unparalleled lifeline service of radio during crisis or emergency. The question is why can’t they just go online and read the news, thus making Internet the same vital service and freeing the cell phones manufacturers from sacrificing their innovations?

August 21st, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-08-22 00:25:42)
CaptCosmo avatarHmmm, Allow them to limit us to what is available thru broadcast?? If all the devices had internet access, rather than broadcast, we might avoid some future problems as well. The INTERNET is here to stay. Can we say that about current industries that have dated business models, already showing signs of failure? Broadcast, like most everything within the current audio & video industry is in it's twilight years. Let hope they look to and invest in a future of success, not in dying business models. Generally, I have not watched broadcast TV, listened to broadcast radio, read a printed newspaper or gone to "The Movies" in years. I am a grandparent who has fully embraced the fact that this is the digital age. I'd rather use the service I just read about in your previous article about Peter Sunde, a co-owner of Pirate Bay. You stated: The "Flattr platform is all about providing you the ability to support what you like". I for one have contempt for ALL INDUSTRIAL GREED and its' constant efforts to keep only their pockets full. Hmm, I'd rather support the artists. Thanks for your thought provoking read!

posted by Blocked (2010-08-22 04:30:38)
menahunie avatarThe RIAA and NAB logic is I need to haVE A fm TUNER IN MY CELL PHOE AS A LIFE LINE? fOR WHAT? tORNADO WARNINGS?

posted by (2010-08-22 05:26:31)
messiahx4ever avatarYou rock Sam!!! Great job on the article too. Money for nothing and we get SCREWED for free!!!

posted by (2010-08-22 09:51:23)
darkangelire avatarpathetic the riaa can go screw them selves, they jerks so screw them

posted by (2010-08-22 20:05:36)
iwillkillall avatarmmmm.....its just the radio stations that would have to fork out for this....more listener's = more royalties...nothing to do with us...radio stations pay royalties for market share, and the advertisers pay the radio stations...

posted by (2010-08-23 01:37:51)
Brynn217 avatarOk.. on this I have to disagree with the Majority here.. Its the first thing the RIAA has ever done that I am in favor of.. I happen to listen to Radio more then any other media.. and its anoying when I buy a phone a smart phone that has MP3 mplayer and internet streaming capibilities, to not also be able to listen to my local rock station...

My sister gave me a Sirus Radio a few years back and I took it back to the store since I prefer the local stations in town. 1. I am a contest junkie, 2. I am friends with those at the station...

As for the attenna.. I bought a Sony Walkman MP3 Player w/FM Tuner.. it was still the same size, actually on my desk in front of me now, it is 1 5/8 inch x 3 1/8 inch x 7/16th of an inch... same size as most players, cost me $86 US about 3 years ago.. Other MP3 also have the feature, but at the time this one came with a 33hr battery life and 4g of mem... So, I don't see where it is a big deal to add FM to any device...

As for the emergency stuff... in the US, there is some kinda law for Tv and Radio to be able to contact people in event of an emergency, Like a Tornado (which I actually heard a REAL Interruption for recently) and other things like missing kids and stuff.. Its an immediate alert, not news.. Direct TV had to go thru a similar process when it started adding local channels to their service. They avoided doing so for almost 10 years becuase of the emergency stuff (forcing people to use Attenna's for local channels) and then adding $2.99 to the package cost for local channels... (which require them to send emergency broadcast alerts anywhere in the country by zipcode)

posted by (2010-08-23 10:34:15)
darkangelire avatarat the cost of battery life you are a fool

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-08-24 13:45:08)
fusseltier avatari would never buy a mobile phone with an FM radio receiver or gps.

posted by (2010-08-24 16:19:18)
Naxan avatarThe problem with this push to make all handheld devices with an FM receiver is that it is by way of the government forcing it upon a private industry. And further, it is not to the governments benefit that this is done, but for a different (possibly competing) industry.

In a true free economy, consumer demand drives innovation such as this FM receiver in handheld devices and if people want it, a company will deliver or else see their customers go to their competition who is willing to give them what they want.

No, this proposal will never make it to the floor of congress let alone pass. It trounces on the freedoms of business to create a product that the people want and their is no inherent safety concern or clear benefit to the government that will coerce them to pass it.

posted by (2010-08-26 19:51:25)
NyhtShade avatarNow, this is, to me, is a double-edged sword. I personally LOVE my FM Radio, and at first I was ecstatic that they were doing this (don't feed me no cost of BL shortening crap, Nokia's been doing this for years) because I can have more options other than Nokia. Then I read on further and realized it was all based on greed using a "law" to try to manipulate the demand in the eyes of others. Now I agree that emergency usage and whatnot is a good idea, but it's NOT hard to opt-in to some sort of emergency TXT program, or get it over WAP. Hell most programs save locations now-a-days, some even use the built-in GPS to detect where you are; you can't tell me they couldn't implement some sort of emergency push-notification application that determines by current location zip-code or something to those lines. If we can find a McDonalds 1500 miles away with our voice, we can be warned about a tornado threatening our big mac down the street. Don't FORCE manufacturers into things RIAA. Yeah, if samsung adds a FM Tuner to their Galaxy S Revision, that's great; but don't MAKE THEM. All DEMANDS like that do, is lengthen production time, raise prices, and usually end up as a cheap afterthought quality wise. And the concern about a 2nd antenna; Most FM Radio Cells require you to use a corded headphone which it uses as an antenna. So much for 24/7 Radio Emergency usage since we KNOW the carriers will rip out the cord (like they do with Nokia Phones {google at what you get buying the phone from Nokia compared to AT&T [I'm still pissed off about the 6650]}) and put it on the shelf, OR add an extra charge on your purchase of 29.99 for the cord that came with it in the first place. I may have strayed a bit off topic, so I'm going to end this now, but none-the-less, this is a double-edged sword to me. I'm neither against it fully, nor do I support the RIAA's greedy ass. I just hope more companies put an FM receiver in their phones by CHOICE.

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