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Hit records—which are critical to the long-term health of the music industry and enable investment in new artists and new music— have suffered most dramatically. In 2000, the ten top-selling albums in the United States sold a total of 60 million units. In 2001, that number dropped to 40 million. Last year, it totaled just 34 million. The root cause for this drastic decline in record sales is the astronomical rate of music piracy on the Internet. 6 billion copyrighted files (mostly recordings) every month.

Com and the few other websites offering books and music at reasonable prices to understand that. If the music industry had a shred of sense, they’d have addressed this problem seven years ago, when people like Michael Camp were try- AI Internet Piracy INT 36 9/20/04 12:08 PM Page 36 At Issue ing to obtain legitimate licenses for music online. Instead, the industrywide attitude was “It’ll go away”. That’s the same attitude CBS Records had about rock ‘n’ roll when Mitch Miller was head of A&R. ) The recording industry’s hypocrisy I don’t blame the RIAA for Hollings’s attitude.

By speaking out in our concerts and in the press, we can do a great deal to damp this hysteria, and put the blame for the sad state of our industry right back where it belongs—in the laps of record companies, radio programmers, and our own apparent inability to organize ourselves in order to better our own lives—and those of our fans. If we don’t take the reins, no one will. AI Internet Piracy INT 9/20/04 12:08 PM Page 41 6 Online File Sharing Threatens the Film Industry Jack Valenti Jack Valenti is president of the Motion Picture Association of America, a trade organization that represents the American motion picture, home video, and television industries.

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