RIAA


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RIAA

(Recording Industry Association of America, Washington, DC, www.riaa.com) A membership association of music recording companies. Its goal is to promote the record label industry and protect the rights of copyright owners. It was a major contributor to the SDMI digital distribution system. Spanning more than a half century, RIAA's Gold, Platinum, Multi-Platinum and Diamond awards for successful albums are coveted marks of achievements by musical artists. Exports outside the U.S. are not included in this certification process. The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) is the European affiliate to RIAA (www.ifpi.org).

Not Happy About File Sharing
Although an institution in the music industry, the RIAA was not a household word until the late 1990s when it plunged into the music swapping copyright fray along with the record companies. It was involved with lawsuits directly against the music swapping services such as Napster, and in 2003, it began to file hundreds of lawsuits against users who made their copyrighted music available to others.

A Sign of the Times
In late 2004, the RIAA announced that it would extend its Gold and Platinum awards designation to legitimate digital downloads from the Internet. This Digital Sales program bestows Gold certification at 100,000 downloads, Platinum at 200,000, and Multi-Platinum status beginning at 400,000. The initial honors went to 45 titles from a variety of musical genres and recognized every major recording company. In 2006, the organization went one step further and authorized the launch of a Master Ringtone Sales Award, acknowledging original recordings of artists' hits as played on cellphones. See SDMI and phono preamp.
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The RIAA turned up the heat at the beginning of 2008 with a flood of more than 800 "pre-settlement litigation" letters to colleges and universities across the country.
The RIAA has basically been reduced to shaking its proverbial fist at the kids on its lawn while muttering in a delusional haze about how teenagers today are all a bunch of crackheads anyway.
The enormous damage compounded with every illegal download is alarming--thousands of regular, working class musicians and others out of work, stores shuttered, new bands never signed," says Steven Marks, executive vice president and general counsel, RIAA.
According to an RIAA statement, the 17 defendants will have another chance to settle out of court before the group proceeds with the suits.
In spite of lawsuits by the RIAA to counteract the number of songs illegally downloaded via the internet, the practice of P2P file sharing continues practically unabated.