US Government’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Agency Partners with RIAA to Combat Piracy

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By Chris Cooke | Posted on Friday, April 22, 2022

The Recording Industry Association Of America has announced a new agreement with the US government agency that seeks to enforce intellectual property rights – known as the IPR Center – which will see the two organizations “expand and formalize their partnership on fight against digital piracy”.

Through this expanded partnership, they add, the RIAA and IPR Center “will implement an aggressive multi-layered strategy to strengthen the digital ecosystem, conduct joint training events, educate consumers about the dangers of illegal streaming , enforce national intellectual property rights laws, and dismantle large-scale online criminal enterprises. The agreement will also work to develop comprehensive referral packages of the most egregious major offenders for criminal investigation.”

As to why such alliances are necessary, the RIAA asserts that “digital music piracy remains a major threat to artists, songwriters and rightsholders – taking many forms, from theft and distribution of works before commercial release leaks to stream extraction. It has caused considerable damage to the industry and to artists, slashing US recorded music revenue by 50% during peak periods of peer-to-peer network piracy, losses the industry does not s is not yet fully recovered”.

Confirming the new partnership, IPR Center Acting Director Ricardo Mayoral said, “Investigating illicit streaming services is extremely complex; these services are usually operated from abroad through multi-faceted programs that affect many countries. Because of this complexity, our partnership with the RIAA brings us one step closer to dismantling criminal enterprises that believe they are above the law and attempt to use the internet to cover up illicit activity.”

Meanwhile, RIAA Chief Content Protection Officer Brad Buckles adds, “Digital piracy is too big a problem for any one artist, industry or agency to handle alone. The expanded partnership we signed today helps address this issue by strengthening cooperation and coordination between law enforcement and the private sector to protect digital music and the broader creative economy.”

“As global piracy operations evolve their tactics and innovate new ways to steal and profit from creative works,” he continues, “this [partnership] will allow creators and the federal government to work together at the forefront of this rapidly evolving fight.”