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An Open Letter To IT Executives: Don't Block The Rock

August 12, 2013

In today’s workplace, with open office plans, telecommuting, and other distractions abounding, it’s a good thing that help is already widely available. But at the same time this information is coming to light, nearly half of IT administrators are blocking, throttling or banning access to legitimate music streaming services like Spotify, Vevo and Pandora on employee computers and mobile devices...{Click here to read the rest of the open letter from NARM and RIAA posted on the whymusicmatters.com blog today: http://whymusicmatters.com/blog/entry/an-open-letter-to-it-executives-dont-block-the-rock}

White House IP Enforcement Coordinator Steps Down

August 12, 2013

It was announced today that Victoria Espinel, the inaugural White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), has stepped down. 

Victoria brought to a demanding job thoughtfulness, credibility and diligence.  She was tirelessly inclusive and worked hard to listen to everyone who wanted to be part of the conversation.  As a result, the Administration spoke with a more unified and informed voice on intellectual property issues, and spearheaded important initiatives.  She will be missed and we wish her the best of luck in her next endeavor.
Just two weeks ago, the federal government moved to begin counting the investment in creative works as part of the GDP.  It was long overdue and one testament to the economic and cultural contributions of the creative community.  The job of intellectual property enforcement coordinator is more important than ever, and we hope the White House will move quickly to nominate a prominent and credible successor.

Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, RIAA

RIAA Commends Department of Commerce's Look Into Digital Copyright Policy

August 01, 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s this week released a green paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy to “advance discussion on a set of policy issues critical to economic growth.”

We commend the Department of Commerce for a thoughtful and balanced Green Paper that recognizes the importance of copyright to the U.S. economy and culture, and its role in driving innovation.  As the Green Paper notes, the digital marketplace is dynamic and fans today have more choices than ever to access music. 

Indeed, almost 60% of music industry revenues are now from digital services.  We are grateful for the recommendations and the focus on certain policy issues raised in the Green Paper that will help ensure music creators and investors are fairly compensated and their works protected.  That should be the guiding principle as we continue this important conversation.

Michele Ballantyne, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Industry Affairs