Why Not Just Ban All Recording Devices?

Having sued thousands of file-traders and launched a full legislative assault on the makers of online file-trading software, the recording industry is now setting its sights on digital radio, claiming that “U.S. regulators at the Federal Communications Commission should ensure that the broadcast format limits… copying so radio stations don’t turn the airwaves into a giant file-sharing network.” Yes, you read that right: the industry is worried that millions of listeners will record songs off the radio and begin sharing them amongst themselves. Sort of like listeners to terrestrial radio have been doing for decades? Yeah, like that.