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Organization
    (1952- )
    Headquarter in Washington D.C.
    CEO is Hilary B. Rosen
    Recording Industry Association of America
    Represents the U.S. recording industry
    Certifies gold/platinum records to artists who earn them
    They haven't been successful in winning lawsuits against online music swapping sites, so they have to sue individual users who share files online.
    The RIAA is wasting the courts' time by issuing close to 900 subpoenas just in the month of July 2003.
    Many new independent artists may not get an opportunity to obtain a fan base because it will be illegal to download their songs on the web.
    They sued 261 people for having Kazaa, including a 12 year old girl who had already paid a 29.99 service fee before the lawsuit and was also in tears when she found out about it.
    They won a $13,700,000 judgement against Global Arts Productions (November 8, 1999).
    Unlike ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) the RIAA never attempted to sue the girl scouts for singing camp fire songs owned by the RIAA.
    The RIAA will try hard to protect the intellectual properties of their clients.

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