RIAA Mid-Year Statistics Show Gains in Anti-Piracy Efforts
The Recording Industry Association of America recently issued a press release in which it stated that its latest statistics reveal that significant gains in the reduction of Internet and CD-R piracy are being made. The RIAA is working in conjunction with a number of federal, state, and local officials to wipe out piracy of copyrighted works.
According to Frank Creighton, the RIAA's Senior Vice President and Director of Anti-Piracy, "The investment our members made in anti-piracy efforts this year has begun to show significant returns. Our members recognized early on the threat the industry faced by the potential abuses of new technologies emerging in the Internet and optical disc arenas. The allocation of additional resources to battle these threats was both swift and appropriate."
The RIAA's Internet Enforcement team searches the Internet to identify and remove music sites through which copyrighted works are being illegally distributed. According to the RIAA, "the number of commercial sites in the U.S. generating Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices in the first six months of 2000 was 200% higher than the number of notices that were issued throughout all of 1999. Also, "the number of notices sent to link sites facilitating the downloading of unauthorized files in the first six months of 2000 increased 28% over the number of notices sent in all of 1999, and there was a 348% increase in the number of online auctions removed from the Internet in the first six months of 2000, compared to the same time period in 1999."
In August, the RIAA announced that anti-piracy raids in Phoenix and New York had led to two unrelated arrests and the confiscation of equipment used to produce counterfeit works. At that time, Mr. Creighton told MusicDish, "The RIAA is taking a hard line on music pirates like [these]. Successes like this should send a clear message to counterfeiters that their days are numbered." It has now been revealed that a total of eight civil suits were filed against individuals or corporation during the first six months of 2000.
Other statistics released by the RIAA revealed that "the number of counterfeit, pirate and bootleg CD-Rs seized in the first part of 2000 grew by nearly 350% over figures released this time last year, resulting in 539,130 counterfeit/pirate/bootleg CD-R confiscations." Also, as a result of what the RIAA attributes to good business practices on the part of the Optical Disc replication industry and CD manufacturers, there has been a substantial reduction in the amount of unauthorized discs being distributed in the marketplace, with the number dropping to 30,052 from 70,734 in 1999." While the RIAA is enthusiastic about these numbers, it should be cautiously so, as the drop represents figures from only six months in 2000, as compared to all of 1999, and no one knows what will happen during the last six months of 2000.
The organization is also vigorously promoting its Soundbyting Campaign, which reaches out to schools and seeks to raise awareness of issues surrounding copyrights, violations, and subsequent consequences. There are approximately 350 schools participating in the Soundbyting Campaign.
RIAA – www.riaa.org
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