May 30, 2005

But Of Course! [5:58 pm]

TiVo-like devices for radio raise piracy fears

Various devices that enable listeners to record Internet radio streams and then convert them into MP3 files are catching on and making Web radio and streaming services more appealing to the general public.

But some legal experts say the recording software may violate digital copyright laws and does little more than promote piracy.

“Obviously if people can use the TiVo-like unit to download a recording from Web radio and preprogram it to search digital radio to find tracks that you want, it’s going to beg a big question with the record industry,” said Jay Cooper, an veteran entertainment lawyer.

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