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Bron: Business Wire

Diamond heeft de rechtszaak gewonnen die de RIAA (Bumra stemra achtige organisatie in de VS) tegen hen heeft aangespannen (over de Diamond Rio, MP3 & illegale shit). Hier heb je de press release:

June 15, 1999-- Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc., (NasdaqIMD - news), a leader in PC multimedia and Internet connectivity, and its wholly owned subsidiary, RioPort, Inc., today announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the Rio portable music player does not qualify as a ``digital audio recording device'' and therefore is not subject to the restrictions of the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 (AHRA).

The court stated that, ``The Rio's operation is entirely consistent with the Act's main purpose -- the facilitation of personal use.'' The court recognized that the Rio merely makes copies in order to render portable those files that already reside on a user's hard drive. ``Because the Rio cannot make copies from transmissions or from digital music media such as CDs and tapes, but instead can make copies only from a computer hard drive, it is not a digital audio recording device.''

``We are thrilled with the ruling,'' said Andrew Bridges, attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati representing Diamond Multimedia. ``This suit was brought on by the RIAA as a violation of the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA), which imposes technology restrictions and royalty requirements on certain types of consumer audio recording devices. Diamond Multimedia's Rio, which is incapable of independent recording or serial copying, simply is not covered by the Act. Diamond Multimedia has argued this point from the beginning in this case.''

``The ruling opens a host of new opportunities for us,'' said David Watkins, president of RioPort, Inc., Diamond Multimedia's Internet music subsidiary. ``We have always believed that the Rio line of devices operated well within the law. The Rio has always been marketed as a playback-only device for the thousands of legitimate music and audio tracks on the Internet.''

Watkins added, ``We do, however, continue to share the RIAA's concerns about piracy and protecting the rights of content owners. While the Rio device has become a world-renowned product, we have expanded our digital audio initiative beyond the hardware players with the deployment of RioPort.com, a leading resource for consumers who want access to working, legitimate digital music and audio content on the Internet.''

``The MP3 format will remain a popular format for distributing and listening to music for both content providers and consumers,'' added Watkins, ``But as larger content providers begin to distribute digital audio content, security becomes a critical component of delivery that we are addressing through our strategic relationship with InterTrust and our participation in the RIAA's Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI).''

These relationships are paving the way for a new generation of portable devices and increase the opportunity for new digital audio distribution models based on the Internet's worldwide infrastructure. In addition, the new line of Rio devices, expected to ship later this year, will be among the first widely available devices to support the playback of secure content.

RioPort, Inc.'s overall strategy encompassing content aggregation, software, and hardware devices will be more fully unveiled on June 23, 1999 in Los Angeles. Attendance to this event is by invitation only.

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