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SIRIUS XM AGREES TO PAY FOR RECORDINGS RELEASED BEFORE 1972

June 26, 2015
Satellite radio broadcaster agrees to compensate record companies for use of classic recordings

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sirius XM Holdings Inc. has agreed to a legal settlement with independent and major record companies for its use of recordings created before 1972.


The satellite radio broadcaster will pay $210 million to plaintiffs ABKCO Music & Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, and Warner Music Group. The settlement provides a nationwide resolution for Sirius XM’s use of the plaintiffs’ pre-1972 recordings.
 
“This is a great step forward for all music creators,” said Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman.  “Music has tremendous value, whether it was made in 1970 or 2015.  We hope others take note of this important agreement and follow Sirius XM’s example.”
 
The case is Capitol Records LLC et al vs Sirius XM Radio Inc.

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101


RIAA Welcomes Passage of Important Trade Legislation

June 24, 2015
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WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. TPA serves as a vital tool in securing passage for important trade accords such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement which, among other things, aims to help U.S. creators compete in a global marketplace by modernizing and harmonizing copyright protection for the digital age. Below is a comment from Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman:
 
"We congratulate Senators Hatch and Wyden and Chairman Ryan for their leadership in crafting forward-looking Trade Promotion legislation, and in working with other key Congressional leaders and the White House in shepherding this vital trade legislation through Congress.  This vote demonstrates leadership and resolve in seeking to expand economic opportunities for the U.S. economy as a whole, including of course the creative community.
 
“The music industry is helping to drive the digital economy and illicit sites undermine that marketplace by unfairly competing with legitimate platforms. Securing adherence to the rule of law on a global basis is a prerequisite for advancing our economy and our culture. We hope that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement can be quickly concluded under which our trading partners commit to a more robust response to existing impediments to effective protection of creators' rights."

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101


High Resolution Audio Initiative Gets Major Boost with New “Hi-Res MUSIC” Logo and Branding Materials for Digital Retailers

June 23, 2015
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WASHINGTON – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and its member companies today unveiled a new logo designed to help music fans more easily identify the highest-quality digital music. This significant step forward in the digital listening experience allows digital retailers to mark recordings that meet the official definition for “High Resolution Music” that was agreed to last year, in cooperation with the Consumer Electronics Association, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing.

High Resolution Music is officially defined as “lossless audio capable of reproducing the full spectrum of sound from recordings which have been mastered from better than CD quality (48kHz/20-bit or higher) music sources which represent what the artists, producers and engineers originally intended.” This definition ensures consumers receive music that is delivered in a digital format that retains the highest quality captured during the creative process.

The new Hi-Res MUSIC logo (attached), developed by 2B Communications Inc., was designed to identify those high resolution recordings that are available from digital music retailers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe for commercial downloads or streaming. The logo has been specifically designed to complement the Hi-Res AUDIO logo that is currently licensed by the Japan Audio Society for use on compatible consumer electronics devices.

In order to provide consumers with as much information as possible about the nature of these recordings, the Hi-Res MUSIC logo will also be accompanied by the name and resolution of the digital file format. In addition to its use by digital music retailers, record labels are able to feature the logo on advertising and promotional materials.

“Music fans have lots of options today about where to get their favorite music,” said David Hughes, Chief Technology Officer, RIAA. “Digital enthusiasts also want the highest quality version of their favorite recording that’s available, and the Hi-Res MUSIC definition and logo mark are useful tools to ensure that they have as much information as possible so that they can enjoy an optimal listening experience.”

“We are excited that retailers and service providers now have a Hi-Res MUSIC logo that allows audio fans to easily differentiate the highest resolution recordings from CD and compressed music offerings,” said Jim Belcher, Universal Music Group’s vice president of technology and production. 

“There is no more transcendent experience in music than hearing the full depth and richness of a recording as the artist heard it in the studio,” said Craig Kallman, Chairman & CEO of Atlantic Records. “As a long-time audiophile, I’ve been championing the quest to create a great sonic experience in the digital world, and I’m thrilled to say that moment has arrived.  Now that technological breakthroughs have made this a reality, by branding Hi-Res MUSIC we have a great tool to raise fan awareness of how great digital music can sound."

Said Mark Piibe, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development and Digital Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment, “Increasing numbers of digital music fans are expressing interest in high resolution music, and we want to create a consistent experience for them. This new logo and definition enables consumers to easily identify music that reproduces the full range of sound from recordings, exactly as the artist intended.”

The new Hi-Res MUSIC logo will be available to digital music retailers and record labels starting this summer. Interested parties should contact Shannon Gregory at Shannon@degonline.org.

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Contact:
Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy
202/775-0101