Experts Criticize RIAA Video Against Piracy
August 31, 2006

The RIAA is set to distribute an educational video on copyright law and music piracy to colleges around the country. However, experts say that the video is full of inaccurate and misleading statements about the nation's copyright laws.

Organizations such as the Consumer Electronics Association, Public Knowledge and the Home Recording Rights Coalition are planning to issue a joint statement about the video, according to The video claims that it is always illegal to make any copies of a song and contradicts copyright laws.

"The RIAA seems to be making up the rules instead of citing any consistent interpretation or precedent as to the law," Robert Schwartz, general counsel for the Home Recording Rights Coalition told CNet.

"First, we were told we should not enforce our rights," an RIAA representative said in response. "Now we are told education is wrong, too. We won't accept such a do-nothing approach. We'll continue to work with respected higher-education groups to engage students to think critically about these issues." According to the RIAA, over 350 schools have expressed interest in the seven-minute video, which can be previewed here.

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Manny Simon
VP/Adult Formats,
Republic Records

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