Let's Hear It for Howie and Lamar
Under the expert guidance of outgoing chief truth re-alignment specialist Hilary 'Reach Out' Rosen, the RIAA has become expert at the art of vacuous, self-serving statements - and in getting the on- and offline media (particularly those who use ink) to swallow them as if they had content.
Sadly, Reach Out is going to pastures new. But you'll be relieved to know that RIAA president Cary Sherman - the man who would be King - has things well under control.
Referring to the new Berman/Lamar Get 'em with the FBI bill, he says on the RIAA site:
"The Smith-Berman legislation will strengthen the hand of the FBI and other federal law enforcement officials to address the rampant copyright infringement occurring on peer-to-peer networks.
"This common sense, bipartisan bill will help ensure that federal prosecutors across the country have the resources and expertise to fully enforce the copyright laws on the books - especially against those who illegally distribute massive quantities of copyrighted music online.
"There is also a need for greater awareness about our copyright laws and the illegality of pirating of copyrighted works over the Internet, and this bill bolster's the governments' ability to bring that message to the public.
"We appreciate the continuing leadership of Congressmen Smith and Berman. They are true friends of the creative community."
"True friends," eh? That's a very creative way of describing the relationship.