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Harold Upped To Top Gold & Platinum Post

August 24, 2009
WASHINGTON - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the promotion of Katherine Harold to oversee the organization's Gold & Platinum Awards Program.

In her new role Harold will direct the music group’s Gold and Platinum program and serve as the primary contact for record labels, artist managers, vendors and others interested in the certification process.  She replaces RIAA veteran Laura Doud-Cochran who recently left the organization to pursue graduate studies.  Harold is based in Los Angeles along with Joel Flatow, RIAA’s General Manager, West Coast Operations & Senior Vice President, Artist & Industry Relations.  Her new title is Director, Artist & Industry Relations and Gold & Platinum Awards Program, RIAA.  “Fueled by her obvious love of music, Kate’s impressive working knowledge of the music industry and the Gold & Platinum program will continue to benefit this organization and the music community as a whole,” said Mitch Bainwol, Chairman and CEO, RIAA, upon the announcement of Harold’s promotion. “Just last August we celebrated the program’s 50th anniversary and reflected upon the unparalleled stature of its brand. With Kate holding the reins, we look forward to many more milestones ahead.” A seasoned music industry source on both coasts, Harold has worked as RIAA’s Director, West Coast Artist & Industry Relations since 2007.  Prior to her work at the RIAA, Harold was the Executive Assistant to the COO of Sony Music Entertainment in New York and the Manager of Motion Picture Music at Miramax Films in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television in 2001.

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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 Welcomes WTO Ruling On China; Urges Nation To Enhance Market Access

August 12, 2009
Praises Trade Rep for Important Decision

WASHINGTON – The WTO issued its panel report Wednesday in a case brought by the United States that challenges certain Chinese discriminatory market access barriers faced by United States copyright industries. RIAA Executive VP, International, Neil Turkewitz, issued the following statement: "We thank the USTR for its diligence and hard work in seeking a resolution of China’s disruptive market policies. Enhancing the ability of the U.S. creative community to do business in China will generate needed revenue and jobs to the U.S. economy. "The panel report is a victory that will help promote reforms that expand legitimate commerce. But the fact that the United States has prevailed does not mean that China has lost. We remain convinced that the adoption of rules that enhance the operation of legitimate markets will inure greatly to the benefit of the Chinese creative community and to Chinese society. Chinese and U.S. creators alike are competing against the activities of illicit enterprises that claim at least 80 percent of the physical market and an estimated 99 percent of the online market. Present market access restrictions merely serve to create further advantages for the illegal merchants and fail to achieve any policy objective of the Chinese government. We look forward to the implementation of the changes required by today’s report that will enhance the ability of legitimate businesses to provide access to authorized materials. This will serve both Chinese and American interests.

"We highlight one aspect of the report on which the finding was not clear. The panel did not explicitly find that China’s discriminatory censorship process violated their WTO commitments. However, this finding – or lack thereof – was of a technical nature related to the panel’s surprisingly narrow reading of the relevant U.S. claim. The panel was troubled by the discriminatory elements of the censorship review process, but was unclear that the U.S. has pled a particular cause of action. Nonetheless, the panel report has essentially provided a roadmap of how this measure could be challenged; having already found that it is facially discriminatory.

"We call upon the Chinese government to use this occasion to adopt measures across the board that will expand opportunities for creators regardless of their nationality and to abandon all practices that hinder legitimate commerce. Every restriction faced by legitimate companies allows illegal traffickers to tighten their monopoly over content in China."

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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