One of our goals at the RIAA is to provide timely and accurate information on the issues affecting the music labels and the creative artists we represent that are of interest to the public and the media.
“We are very pleased that the WTO has ruled in favor of the United States on essential parts of this case. Importantly, the WTO held that TRIPS obligations must be understood in context, and that the requirement under existing trade agreements to provide effective enforcement means nations can’t simply go through the motions, but that results matter. We hope that today’s decision leads China and other WTO members to enhance their protection of intellectual property.
While it is unfortunate that the panel felt that it needed more information on the technical issue of criminal thresholds, we are satisfied with the decision on this key point—that enforcement must be effective not only in law but in practice, and that standards of effectiveness change over time and reflect the realities of the marketplace.”
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 are the music labels that 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.
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