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We have submitted our recommended list of “notorious markets” to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as part of its annual request for information on overseas sites and services.

MP3Skull: A Site Dedicated To Ripping Off Music

October 7, 2015 | Music Notes Blog

A quick update in our ongoing copyright infringement case against MP3Skull: we have now filed, on behalf of the major record companies, a motion seeking damages and relief.
Largest U.S.-based music file sharing service shuttered. "A huge win for the music community" says RIAA CEO Cary Sherman.

The Grokster Decision – 10 years and Counting

June 22, 2015 | Music Notes Blog

10 years ago this week, the Supreme Court made a historic ruling which decided that companies which actively help users steal music via their sites could be held responsible for copyright theft.
The bill helps protect the music community and consumers from being ripped off online.

RIAA Welcomes Special 301 Report

April 30, 2015 | RIAA News

The report targets Russia’s hosting of vKontakte & other illegal sites as a clear example of lax intellectual property laws.

Grooveshark Agrees to Seize Operations

April 30, 2015 | RIAA News

The music service agrees to wipe its computer servers clean and transfer ownership of its website, mobile apps and other intellectual property.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives have added a new focus on companies that register domain names worldwide.
RIAA joins industry partners to identify key impediments to effective copyright protection in foreign markets.

More Evidence is In - Intermediaries Matter

September 15, 2014 | Music Notes Blog

For a long time, we’ve been talking about the importance of intermediaries such as search engines, ISP’s, payment processors, and others who participate in the digital music economy (see here). As more and more music access and listening occurs online, those groups have a larger role in helping shape the digital music consumer’s experience. Perhaps that is self-evident in some ways, but recent research findings have more conclusively shown that those intermediaries, and search engines in particular, can have a strong influence on the choices consumers make.