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US Secret Service teams up with RIAA
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-12-16
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'Secret Service, RIAA Hit NY City Music Piracy Operation'

This is an RIAA puff release header. We kid you not.

Is this like last summer when the RIAA and Dallas police RIAA and Dallas police teamed up, "to curtail the sale of unauthorized Arabic sound recordings in the United States"?

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) brags that it's now somehow managed to rope the US Secret Service together with other law enforcement agencies in North America and overseas to act as Record Label cops.

"Assisted" by "a team" of RIAA "investigators," the Secret Service raided a "major music piracy operation" in New York City which "had the potential to cost the industry an estimated $90 million annually."

Gosh! We wouldn't want that!

One wonders what law enforcement priorities would be if they didn't constantly have Hollywood and its team of devoted US politicians on its back.

Be that as it may, "The raid, executed by a team of several Secret Service agents and RIAA investigators, was the culmination of a two-month joint investigation of a well-organized music piracy operation in Queens, located on 47-28 37th Street," said the RIAA puff piece.

"I especially want to thank the work of the U.S. Secret Service who were invaluable partners in this effort," said Frank Creighton, Executive VP and Director of the RIAA's Anti-Piracy Unit, in a charmingly offhand manner.

Frank made similar remarks in the Dallas puff-piece.

No comments were available from the Secret Service. (Nor were there any from the DPD ; )


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