The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has won a temporary injunction against the manufacturers of the RIO MP3 player, a portable device that plays music files downloaded from the Internet. As previously reported, (see "RIAA Files Suits To Halt Sale Of Portable MP3 Player") the two sides presented arguments in a Los Angeles courtroom on Friday, as scheduled.
The judge decided to grant a 10-day stay against Diamond Media, the manufacturer, to prevent the company from distributing the device until further arguments are heard. A second hearing is scheduled for October 26.
Diamond requested that the RIAA be made to post a $10 million bond to cover losses in the event the courts rule in favor of the manufacturer. They argued that the delay will be costing the company dearly because of its proximity to the Christmas season. The judge granted just a $500,000 bond.
Meanwhile, the RIAA is amassing their troops
for an assault on Internet piracy, or at least it seems that way. The association is distributing letters and a petition to various artists soliciting support for the RIAA's 'Soundbyting Campaign.'
It appears they intend on shaming Internet users into submission. The letter asks artists for quotes supporting anti-Internet piracy. The artists are free to make up their own quotes, plus the letter offers up some pre-fab suggestions ranging from from catch phrases ("Stealing Music Is Wrong. Get real. Get legit"); to pleadings ("...Remember, I sing for my supper"); to threats ("The RIAA is making sure that people who break the law are held accountable").
None of the quotes are attributed to specific artists. A spokesperson for the RIAA told MTV News the majority had been taken from press interviews, press articles and other sources and that they weren't necessarily addressing the proposed MP3 campaign.
Meanwhile, the pro-MP3 factions, led by advocate Michael Robertson,
are hard at work presenting arguments in favor of the technology, mostly dealing with the distribution advantages for independent artistswww.MP3.com-->. Robertson's site hosts the press releases and news items from both sides and also includes a beginners guide to the technology.
The major players in the music industry present their arguments at a new site, similarly named www.mp3-news.com expected to be up and running this week. www.riaa.com.-->