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Thomson Multimedia dismisses RIAA
By Jon Newton,
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Source: MusicDish/Mi2N - April 4, 2002

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is suing Technicolor, Inc - the giant Thomson multimedia company which, "distributes its products under the popular THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names" - for illegally copying and distributing pirated CDs from artists such as N-Sync, Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Amber, Lauryn Hill, Marc Anthony, and Julio Iglesias.

But, said Thomson in a statement, "The amounts involved in this claim, which are immaterial to Technicolor and Thomson, would in any case be covered by an indemnity under the agreement by which Thomson acquired Technicolor in 2001."

The RIAA suit alleges Technicolor's plant in Camarillo, California, knowingly copied and distributed pirated CDs. "The physical evidence connecting the Technicolor plant to these CDs is crystal clear, so our case is strong," according to Matt Oppenheim, the RIAA's Senior VP, Business and Legal Affairs.

Oppenheim says Technicolor failed to live up to legal obligations stemming from a settlement of similar claims in 1998 by the record companies by refusing to allow for required inspection of books and facilities, and that, "We fear that the CDs we have filed suit on are only the tip of the iceberg."

He said the RIAA had attempted to negotiate a settlement with Technicolor but Technicolor had rebuffed its efforts.

Thomson Multimedia says the RIAA allegations concern, "a very small number of replication orders completed by Technicolor prior to its acquisition by Thomson" and that claim has no merit. "Technicolor denies the allegations of piracy and will vigorously contest the claims asserted by the RIAA litigation," it said, continuing:

"Technicolor has proven to be a trusted partner of major content owners thanks to its longstanding anti-piracy policy. The Motion Picture Association of America, which represents major movie studios, stated yesterday that they 'are unaware of any copyright problems involving Technicolor.' In this case, the RIAA is not addressing the root cause of piracy and instead is targeting a legitimate replicator with longstanding relationships of trust with major content owners."

Ironically, Thomson owned RCA Records, RCA Records Nashville, RCA Special Products (Buddha) and RCA Victor are paying members of the RIAA.

Related News from Mi2N:
» Thomson Considers RIAA Claim On Technicolor To Have No Merit
» Recording Industry Files Suit Against Technicolor CD Manufacturing Facility For Piracy

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