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RIAA Welcomes Administration's Comprehensive Intellectual Property Strategy

WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration released its 2010 Joint Strategic Plan On Intellectual Property Enforcement on Tuesday, a new initiative designed to strengthen the coordination of intellectual property enforcement across federal government departments and curb copyright theft in the United States and abroad.

Vice President Joe Biden joined Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel and several Cabinet officials, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, in releasing the plan this morning. Below is a comment from Mitch Bainwol, Chairman & CEO, Recording Industry Association of America:

“The Administration’s report is a welcome step toward reversing the dangerous trajectory that has endangered America's creative community. Addressing the problem of intellectual property theft in a meaningful way is essential to enhancing our global competitiveness and protecting American innovation.

“All those whose jobs rely on music -- from aspiring musicians to songwriters to retailers and countless others -- welcome the commitment of President Obama and Vice President Biden to sustaining music’s economic and cultural contributions to America. We look forward to working with the Administration on the effective implementation of the report.”

A copy of the 2010 Joint Strategic Plan On IP Enforcement can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/06/22/releasing-joint-strategic-plan-combat-intellectual-property-theft.


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 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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