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RIAA Comment on Verdict in Sony v. Tenenbaum

July 31, 2009
RIAA REACTION:

"We are grateful for the jury's service and their recognition of the impact of illegal downloading on the music community. We appreciate that Mr. Tenenbaum finally acknowledged that artists and music companies deserve to be paid for their work. From the beginning, that's what this case has been about. We only wish he had done so sooner rather than lie about his illegal behavior."

Blog: Musings On Tenenbaum Case

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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


RIAA CEO Joins Commerce Secretary For Release OF Report Highlighting Significant Economic Contributions Of Copyright Community

July 20, 2009
WASHINGTON -- RIAA Chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol today joined U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and other heads of various copyright-based organizations to announce a new report by the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) that outlines the strong contributions of the U.S. copyright industries to the national economy.

Specifically, the IIPA report estimates that in 2007, the U.S. copyright industries employed more than 11 million workers (8.5 percent of the U.S. workforce) and contributed approximately 43 percent of the total real growth achieved by the U.S. economy from 2006-2007.  In addition, core copyright sales in foreign markets increased 8 percent, from $116 billion in 2006 and nearly $126 billion in 2007 – more than the foreign sales of other major U.S. industries including aircraft, automobiles, and pharmaceuticals.  

“This report not only reinforces the fact that copyright remains an important element to this nation’s economy but also the continuing need to devote necessary resources and energy to its protection,” said Bainwol. "The contributions of our nation’s copyright communities are extraordinary.  Absent the theft of music and other protected works, this country would no doubt see an even greater economic boost from an increase in legitimate commerce.  More jobs would be created and we would bolster our nation’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.  It likely goes without saying but in this period of economic uncertainty, the protection of jobs and wages cannot be underscored enough.

“We welcome this important report and greatly appreciate the invaluable work of Secretary Locke and this Administration to preserve our nation’s economic assets.”

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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


Federal Court Hands Record Companies Decisive Verdict In Usenet.com Lawsuit

July 01, 2009
WASHINGTON - A federal district court late Tuesday afternoon issued a decisive ruling in favor of the record companies in the lawsuit against Usenet.com. A copy of that ruling is available upon request. Below is a comment on the favorable ruling from Steven M. Marks, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America:

This decision is another example of courts recognizing the value of copyrighted music and taking action against companies and individuals who are engaging in wide scale infringement. We hope that other bad actors who are engaging in similar activity will take note of this decisive opinion.

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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