The RIAA has sent the U.S. Trade Representative a list of sites they have decided are illegal.
The RIAA says the U.S. Trade Representative’s notorious market initiative is “designed to expose businesses who operate illegally“. They have submitted recommendations of sites for the program to look into, saying they “unfairly deny creators the opportunity to generate revenue” from commercial use.
Included in the RIAA’s list are file sharing sites like Pirate Bay and FilesTube. The RIAA says these sites “actively champion their supposed subversiveness by proclaiming to be advocates for freedom of expression“.
The list also includes the Russian version of Facebook, vKontakte. The RIAA says vKontakte’s crime is being so popular that it “almost single-handedly prevent(s) the development of a legitimate online music marketplace“.
The RIAA’s tagline is “Representing Music“, a very broad and all-encompassing statement. However their self-description says:
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.
Unsurprisingly, most of the RIAA’s board members are from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group.
Where’s the list that has the interests of artists and songwriters in mind?
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