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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.
Touts Contribution of Major Labels In New Report The House Judiciary this morning convenes a second subcommittee hearing on music licensing.  Cary Sherman, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), will testify. 
On Capitol Hill today, the Congressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus (formerly known as the International Anti-Piracy Caucus) discussed the importance of taking the profit out of online content theft by developing more robust engagement on the part of advertisers and ad networks, and addressing the activities of rogue sites like Russia’s vKontakte – a long-standing IP violator that is repeatedly featured in USTR’s “notorious markets” report. The caucus highlighted the continuing problems in Switzerland, China, Russia and India, and praised developments in Italy and the Philippines that led to their removal from USTR’s Special 301 lists.

CCI: A Model For Success

May 28, 2014 | CEO's Corner

As folks may have seen by now, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) – a coalition whose membership consists of us, MPAA, IFTA, and the leading U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs) – issued a report today that offers useful insight into the first year of the Center’s Copyright Alert System (CAS), a program aimed at addressing the theft of music and movies via peer-to-peer (p2p) networks and enhancing the legitimate online music marketplace. We encourage you to read CCI’s report yourself, but suffice to say, the progress of this unique program has been rewarding to watch.
Proposal to simplify licensing would benefit music fans and mean market-based rates for all music creators, says RIAA in filing with U.S. Copyright Office "Modernizing the licensing system for musical works is a win for everyone...must be a collaborative exercise," says RIAA CEO
Progress In Some Countries, But Russia, Switzerland, Other Nations Fail to Implement Adequate IP Protections
A federal indictment is appropriate, but so is holding Megaupload and its operators accountable for the blatant harm caused to the music community, says RIAA

Google's Testimony on Notice & Takedown: A Fact Check

March 13, 2014 | Music Notes Blog

Google's Senior Copyright Policy Counsel Katherine Oyama testified today before the House Judiciary IP Subcommittee during a hearing on notice and takedown procedures. Now, we appreciate Katie and like her a lot. But with all due respect, we have a few quibbles with her testimony…
RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman submitted written testimony to the U.S House Judiciary IP Subcommittee regarding its hearing on the notice and takedown provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. See here for his comments.