::Recording Industry Association of America


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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA says "create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legally sold recorded music in the United States."<ref name="RiaaAboutUs">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The RIAA headquarters is in Washington, D.C.<ref>"Privacy Policy." Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on September 13, 2011. "RIAA, 1025 F Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20004."</ref><ref>"RIAA." Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on September 13, 2011. "We are located at 1025 F ST N.W., 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20004."</ref>

The RIAA was formed in 1952.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Its original mission was to administer recording copyright fees and problems, work with trade unions, and do research relating to the record industry and government regulations.<ref>"New Disk Trade Org To Swing Into Action", Billboard Magazine, September 22, 1951, pages 13 and 20</ref> Early RIAA standards included the RIAA equalization curve,<ref>RIAA Equalization Curve For Phonograph Records By Don Hoglund</ref> the format of the stereophonic record groove and the dimensions of 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, and 78 rpm records.<ref>RIAA Bulletins E 3 and E 4</ref>

The RIAA says its current mission includes the following:<ref name="RiaaAboutUs" />

  1. to protect intellectual property rights and the First Amendment rights of artists;
  2. to perform research about the music industry;
  3. to monitor and review relevant laws, regulations and policies.

Since 2001, the RIAA has spent $2 to $6 million each year on lobbying in the United States.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The RIAA also participates in the collective rights management of sound recordings, and it is responsible for certifying Gold and Platinum albums and singles in the United States.

Recording Industry Association of America sections
Intro  Company structure and sales  Sales certification  Efforts against infringement of members' copyrights  Executive leadership of RIAA  See also  References  External links  

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