RIAA: An Overview

You will absolutely need to know the latest on the RIAA in your new position.

Who they are, in their own words:

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. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

The RIAA most essentially represents the "Big Four" aforementioned record labels, so keep that in mind when you read all of the news and commentary about them.

Most people know the RIAA for its ongoing crusade against music piracy all over the globe. The general image of the RIAA is one of greed, technophobia, absurd law cases, and poor logic.

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The RIAA is quite a controversial organization. There exists a constant flow of information - news, commentary and otherwise - about the RIAA. From piracy court cases to accusations of monopoly power, there is plenty to read. Check out the weekly updates on RIAA and my tutorial to find out how to stay up-to-date on the RIAA, along with the other major music recording industry players.


Mitch Bainwol

RIAA Background Links


  • RIAA in the "Uncyclopedia"
    • I kept this separate just to make it clear that this is satire. Funny nonetheless, and satire generally stems from some truths.
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