More industry money grubbing

Enjoying your XM radio that can also store songs you hear on the service and play them back in mp3 playlists? Excellent! Not so excellent for XM, however as the National Music Publishers’ Association is suing the company for “providing radios that allegedly let users reproduce and distribute copyrighted music without paying appropriate royalties.” If it’s not one thing, it’s another. The RIAA also filed a similar suit a while back. Per the article,

An XM spokesman said it pays royalties to writers and composers who are also compensated by its device manufacturers and that it was confident it would prevail and the lawsuit was without merit.

As Paul Westerberg once sang, “I hate music…sometimes I don’t.”