Car manufacturers taken to court over CD-copying systems

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General motors and Ford are being sued by musicians’ interest group within the US over in-car CD players that permit the storage of musical tracks on a hard drive. The entertainment systems “rip” music from any disc, preventing passengers from re-inserting CDs constantly.

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According to the Alliance of Artists and Recording companies (AARC), the devices are designed “for the express role” of copying CDs.

It also states its members, including REO Speedwagon and MGMT are due royalties.

In a class action court case filed within the District of Columbia, the AARC alleges it repeatedly required General Motors and Ford “to fulfill their statutory responsibilities” though the firms refused.

The group says its artists are owed royalty payments under the AHRA (Audio Home Recording Act) of 1992 that states musicians are entitled to compensation for the imitation of their works.

The accused refused to pay the royalties that US congress found they owe for recording devices they import, distribute and manufacture.

According to the AARC, the concerned devices have been present in GM brand models such as Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac and Buick since at least 2011. Additionally, the same device has been accessible on many Lincoln and Ford models.

In addition, the AARC is suing Denso and Clarion, an automotive technology company that makes the in-car entertainment systems.

AARC further added that other producers of the same devices have complied and are paying loyalties.