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Music industry sees reason for caution in introduction of digital radio services

News | 11/16/2004 5:00 am EST

The Canadian recording industry is asking the CRTC to proceed carefully in licensing new digital radio services due to worries that the technology could exacerbate its current digital piracy woes. The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) warns that the subscription radio ventures being proposed before the commission can be hacked into to build personalized playlists of music. Proponents of the technology counter that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is already looking into the problem in much greater detail, in a process that should be allowed to play out before Canadian regulators make any decisions. They note that satellite radio equipment will be built around the needs of other larger markets, and that a made-in-Canada solution to music piracy isn’t practical.

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