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Chamber of Commerce Announces New Initiatives Against Counterfeiting and Piracy

RIAA Chief Calls It Important Plan That Helps In "Protecting Jobs and The Great American Treasure That Is Music"

WASHINGTON – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today offered its praise and support for a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led initiative to strengthen enforcement of U.S. intellectual property rights.

Unveiled at a Washington, D.C news conference, the U.S. Chamber’s Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy launched its new campaign. Chamber leaders announced an agenda with six goals to address counterfeiting and piracy: 1) increase resources at the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice; 2) strengthen enforcement at the borders; 3) tough penalties; 4) improve federal government coordination; and 5) reform civil and judicial processes; and 6) educate consumers (www.uschamber.com).

“This plan and the priority that the Chamber has made of these issues attest to the dramatic economic impact of piracy and counterfeiting,” said Mitch Bainwol, Chairman and CEO, RIAA. “For us, this is about protecting jobs and the great American treasure that is music. Unfortunately, we have been perhaps affected more than any community by the theft of music in various forms. Our government already does a lot to defend the interests of creators, and we are grateful. The reforms proposed by the Chamber will strengthen the government’s hand and better enable it to systematically pursue those who counterfeit and pirate intellectual property goods.”

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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 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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