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May 31, 2005 |

The introduction of various devices that permit listeners to record Internet radio streams and then convert them into MP3 files are making Web radio and streaming services more and more popular with the public. In the opinion of many legal and media experts, this type of recording software may violate digital copyright laws and simply promote piracy. The record industry will be faced with yet another challenge to the proprietary rights of artists, song writers, and record labels.

The Digital Copyright Millennium Act prohibits duplication of copyrighted material from a computer hard drive. Such material may only be recorded from a digital or analog device and only for personal use and not redistribution. Current software such as Replay Radio, however, permits users to perform all types of sophisticated editing functions and turn streaming music services into perfectly tagged MP3 song files.

Entertainment lawyers see this technology as a law suit just waiting to happen. Some Webcasters have already warned at least one software manufacturer to stop advising its customers that their streaming music services work with the recording software..

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