RIAA Focuses on Pirates in 12 US Cities

Published: 2006-05-04
Now that the Recording Industry Association of America has become famous for suing people who download music illegally, they've decided to go after a different kind of pirate.

The RIAA has targeted 12 American cities and focused on people who copy CDs and DVDs and sell them in flea markets, street corners and small shops. The cities in question are Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Huston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, San Diego and San Francisco. According to the Associated Press, "these were selected based on market surveys, earlier raids and industry reviews of sales data suggesting lost sales during the past five years."

According to the RIAA, 95 per cent of discs being copied were urban and Latin music. Though Latin music made up 40 per cent of the discs seized by police in the past year, Latin music only counts for six per cent of the music market.

"Part of the industry's new campaign will describe the consequences of buying inexpensive, illegal CDs rather than paying full price for legal copies. The trade group said lost sales affect the industry's ability to invest in new artists, and counterfeit discs often suffer from inferior quality."

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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