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RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman Honored With Presidential Award at Music Biz 2018

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu May 17, 2018 10:06 pm

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RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman became the first music industry lawyer and lobbyist to be presented with the presidential award at the annual Music Business Association conference on Wednesday (May 16).

Sherman said that even though he played the piano in his youth, his first involvement with the music industry came when he was a young lawyer at a Washington D.C. law firm and wound up representing the RIAA.

"It was a totally random assignment, which could have gone to anyone, as I knew nothing about copyright or legislative work," Sherman recalled. "It was in 1974 and my three week assignment was to get Congress to establish a public performance right for sound recordings, so that AM/FM radio would have to pay artists and labels for the use of their music. I am still working on that project today." (The National Association of Broadcasters has successfully turned back every music industry effort at trying to get Congress to establish a master recording performance right for almost 70 years.)

The mid-1990s provided the most overwhelming disruption of all -- the digitalization and compression of music files, which meant music could be freely distributed on the internet, leading to a "veritable explosion of FTP [file transfer protocol] sites hosting illegal music files for people to take at well," Sherman recalled. "And in 1999, along came Napster and Kazaa and Grokster and Aimster and Streamcast and Morpheus and Limewire and more. We had to begin lawsuits and litigate them all the way to the Supreme Court to establish once and for all that those services were illegal."

happily, cary, musicians don't need u anymore. technology has made available to the public things that once required a major investment. your days of a stranglehold on artists and listeners alike are coming to an end, and none too soon.

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