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RIAA Appoints Two New Government Relations Executives

June 30, 2008
WASHINGTON -- The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the hiring of two former Capitol Hill aides, Alexandrine De Bianchi and Michael R. Platt, Jr., as Directors of Federal Government Relations for the organization.

De Bianchi and Platt will join the RIAA’s Government and Industry Relations team to advocate for the music industry on intellectual property rights and telecommunications issues before Congress and federal agencies.

De Bianchi comes to the RIAA with nearly a decade of legislative expertise, most recently working as the Senior Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Henry Johnson (D-Ga.), a member of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee. There she served as the Congressman’s lead staffer and developed strategies to advance legislative priorities on issues ranging from the environment to energy and technology. Prior to that, De Bianchi held a senior analytical position at Dittberner Associates, Inc. and worked at the Federal Communications Commission.

Platt joins the RIAA from the D.C. technology trade association TechNet where he led group’s grassroots advocacy and lobbying efforts. Prior to his stint at TechNet, Platt worked on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director to U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and served as the Congresswoman’s primary policy adviser with a special focus on telecommunications, trade and intellectual property. During Platt’s tenure, Blackburn founded the Congressional Songwriters Caucus which provided songwriters a high-profile forum to advocate relevant policy issues before Capitol Hill.

“Alex and Mike are tremendous additions to the RIAA’s government relations team,” said Mitch Glazier, Executive Vice President, Government and Industry Relations, RIAA. “Their bipartisan backgrounds, expertise in and knowledge of music industry issues, and extensive experience in government will be a real asset to the work we do to protect intellectual property rights and secure a level playing field for the music 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.

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


New Report Examines RIAA Methodology For Detecting Illegal Activity Over Peer-To-Peer Networks

June 11, 2008
WASHINGTON -- The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today commented on a new academic report evaluating methods used by the entertainment industry to detect online infringement via peer-to-peer (p2p) networks.

The University of Washington report, entitled “Tracking the trackers: Investigating p2p copyright enforcement” commended the RIAA's transparency and technological practices used to detect and forward copyright infringement notifications (known as “DMCA notices”) to those engaged in online music theft.

According to a FAQ provided by the study’s authors accompanying the report:

Q: How can these problems be addressed?
We hope that these problems will be addressed in two ways. First, we encourage monitoring and enforcement agencies to adopt best practices such as those used by the RIAA to monitor Gnutella. These practices include greater openness and transparency regarding the processes used. Second, we hope that network operators will sanity check information provided in DMCA complaints to eliminate false positives to the greatest extent possible.

The study cited the RIAA methodology of downloading data directly from users as a way to “reduce the potential for false positives” when monitoring p2p networks for illegal activity. Once the RIAA has reaffirmed that the data it has downloaded is unauthorized and infringement has occurred, the RIAA sends a DMCA notice to the Internet service provider (ISP) of the user in question with the information and requests that the illegal content be removed. The study further notes no “false positive” DMCA notices were erroneously sent by the RIAA during the time the research took place.

“We are gratified that this study gives our methodology a seal of approval,” said Cary Sherman, President, RIAA.

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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