posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 03:38 PM
I am new to posting on ATS so please forgive me if I make some mistakes here. These are also merely my opinions.
The RIAA is a very powerful organization. Do not underestimate them. When I purchased my laptop 14 months ago, it wasn't until after I passed
through the return period (although as I later found out, it would have done me no good anyway) that I found all computers are now the same. They
will not allow you to record wave-in or line-in like the old Windows XP would.
I have a hobby where I go to various sites and download certain sounds. The sounds are not music and are not copyrighted. I then enhance them to
make them understandable. I cannot download those sounds anymore with my laptop and then re-work them. I researched as much as I could. I even
called the maker of my sound card. They said the sound card was capable of line-in and wave-in. It was the computer manufacturer who made the
decision to remove that function from the computer. The manufacturer points to Microsoft and Microsoft points to the manufacturer. Some computers,
similar to mine, did have those capabilities but they are no more. You will, unless I have missed it, not be able to purchase a laptop with the
wave-in abilities. I believe this is due to RIAA influence.
After much research, I have come to the conclusion that the RIAA, through their actual and threatened SLAPP suits, (Strategic Litigation against
Public Participation) against computer manufacturers have induced computer makers to deny us the ability to use our computers for our own legitimate
I do not discount the RIAA, through lobbying, influence and litigation to push this through. This would mean private industry will have influenced
legislation to invade my personal property without warrant. Does anyone else see a trend here?