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A2IM, RIAA & Concord File Amicus Brief

A2IM, along with the RIAA and Concord, have filed an Amicus Brief supporting a petition by Capitol Records asking the full federal appellate court in New York to rehear a decision of a three judge panel that pre-1972 recordings are subject to the “safe harbor “ provisions of the DMCA even though the federal copyright act does not protect those recordings.

In opposition to this ruling A2IM, the RIAA, and Concord stand together with their peers.

“This unfortunate decision extends the potential for safe harbor abuse to pre-72 recordings without offering any additional protections to pre-72 copyright owners. In making this decision, the court effectively endorsed the transfer of even more value from artists and owners of recordings to digital services,” said Richard James Burgess, CEO, A2IM.

As stated in the brief, “RIAA and A2IM members, including Concord, depend on copyrights, under both federal and state law, and other state-law rights, to protect the valuable recordings they have created (in collaboration with musical artists and other creators) and those in which they have invested.”

Read the full brief here.

About A2IM:
A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.

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