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Canadian music giant fights RIAA

(January 27 2006) Written by: Joe Conley

Canadian music giant funds battle against RIAA:

"Canada's biggest record label, publisher and management company is helping out a family sued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)for copyright infringement."

"The current actions of the RIAA are not in my artists' best interests," said Nettwerk chief executive Terry McBride in a statement. "Litigation is not 'artist development'. Litigation is a deterrent to creativity and passion and it is hurting the business I love.

Chicago lawyer Charles Lee Mudd will defend the family. Mudd said the RIAA has "misapplied" the law and that lawsuits should be a "shield, not a sword".

The RIAA has demanded the family pay a $9,000 penalty, reduced to $4,500 if they pay up promptly. Nettwerk has vowed to foot the legal bill if it loses the case."

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