January 3, 2008
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RIAA PRESIDENT DISCUSSES RECORDING INDUSTRY POSITION
ON COPYING MUSIC TO PERSONAL COMPUTERS
ON NPR NEWS “TALK OF THE NATION”
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3




January 3, 2008; Washington, D.C. – Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) president Cary Sherman and Marc Fisher, columnist for the Washington Post, will discuss the debate over a controversial, high-profile lawsuit brought by RIAA against an Arizona man on today’s Talk of the Nation. In a recent column, Fisher asserted that the RIAA charges in a legal brief that copying music from a legally-purchased CD is stealing. The RIAA maintains that the lawsuit is being brought for illegal file-sharing.

The program will be broadcast on NPR Member stations nationally and will be available at NPR.org as streaming audio. Local stations/broadcast times can be found at www.NPR.org/stations and the program will be posted on the site at 6 PM (ET). Listeners can participate in the live broadcast by calling 800-989-8255 or sending an e-mail to talk@npr.org

Host Neal Conan will examine the RIAA’s position that such files are unauthorized copies of copyrighted recordings and what the recording industry believes to be fair use. Fisher wrote about the lawsuit in a December 30 column in the Washington Post.