According to industry and congressional sources, with satellite radio services now becoming distribution services, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has presented legislation that would require satellite radio companies to compensate copyright holders in the music industry for downloads, writes the Hollywood Reporter.
Executives in the record industry want so-called "parity" among various download platforms, arguing that XM Radio's new free-download devices cheat the copyright holder.
Unlike XM, SIRIUS Satellite Radio has cut deals with record companies to compensate them for downloads on Sirius's S-50 receiver, which lets customers record content.
more on all this from our post yesterday
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