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Congress Advances Campus Online Anti-Piracy Bill

July 31, 2008
House passes Higher Education Opportunity Act; Senate poised to give final approval

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Conference Report to H.R. 4137, the Higher Education Opportunity Act that includes important provisions aimed at preventing and reducing the theft of music and movies on school Internet networks. The U.S. Senate is expected to give final approval shortly. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol offered the following comment:

“We congratulate Congressional leaders for including a common-sense provision that will help protect the integrity of taxpayer-funded university networks and encourage college fans to enjoy legal music and movies.

First and foremost, our industry must offer fans compelling legal ways to access music, and that’s exactly what the record industry is doing through dozens of different digital models. But universities, as well as commercial ISPs, have an important role to play in deterring the abuse of their networks. The technological tools to protect online networks are available, viable and affordable. When schools become proactive and adopt a comprehensive approach to the abuse of their networks, that means fewer students engage in illegal file sharing and are forced to face legal consequences. That’s a win-win-win for students, universities and the entertainment community.”

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi- Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

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RIAA Awards NDAA Officials With Honorary Gold Records

July 16, 2008
TUCSON-The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today presented four members of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) honorary Gold Record Awards in recognition of their exceptional efforts to provide attorneys with the necessary tools and guidance to effectively prosecute music piracy cases.

The Honorable James P. Fox, President, NDAA; Mary M. Galvin, Dean, National College of District Attorneys (NCDA) & Interim Executive Director, NDAA; Candace M. Mosley, NCDA Director of Programs; and James M. Dedman III, NCDA Director of Academics were awarded Gold Records for their continued collaboration with the RIAA and leadership in the creation of an informational training video to assist prosecutors responsible for handling music piracy cases. The presentation took place today at the NDAA 2008 Summer Conference in Tucson, Arizona.
The joint RIAA/NDAA DVD, which premiered in December as part of the NDAA-TV series In Trial, has been made available to more than 6,000 NDAA member prosecutors. The video compliments the RIAA’s continued in-person training sessions available to all law enforcement officials interested in learning how to effectively prosecute those who engage in music piracy.

“The NDAA deserve enormous credit for their tireless efforts to address music piracy,” said Brad Buckles, Executive Vice President, Anti-Piracy, RIAA. “NDAA recognized early on that certain types of criminal activity evolve as technology advances. Music piracy is a crime that has increased based on those advances. Those who engage in music piracy are not simply petty thieves. The low-risk, high-profit nature of this crime attracts various types of criminals and organized crime groups which continue to pose an economic and security threat to the biggest cities and smallest towns across the country. Given these facts, the importance of comprehensive training and enforcement efforts cannot be understated. The RIAA is honored to award these NDAA leaders for their exemplary commitment to bringing to justice those involved in the illegal music trade.

“Our collaboration with the NDAA has led to hundreds of successful music piracy prosecutions,” continued Buckles. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with NDAA and look forward to doing so in the future.”

The Summer Conference brought together RIAA officials and NDAA prosecutors to allow for another opportunity to exchange useful tools and information on the prosecution of music pirates during workshops and valuable training sessions.

The National District Attorneys Association is the oldest and largest professional organization representing criminal prosecutors in the world. Its members come from the offices of District Attorneys, State's Attorneys, Attorney Generals and county and city prosecutors with responsibility for prosecuting criminal violations in every state and territory of the United States.

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi- Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101