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    This is taken, in part from the website of the Recording Industry Assosiation of America

    Here's What they are

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its mission is to foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes our members' creative and financial vitality. Its members are the record companies that comprise the most vibrant national music industry in the world. RIAA members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States.


    So they are NOT a Law Enforcement Agency. They are a trade association. They do not have the power to arrest, or prosecute anyone. So they don't have much in the way of direct power.

    However they do have plenty of money and a very strong political lobby. They represent some seriously large companies. They also represent the bulk of the record companies in America.

    This gives them a major influence over both Law Enforcement and your ISP.


    RIAA Members

    1500 Records
    20G Entertainment
    241 Records
    2Ksounds
    32 Records
    333 Music
    4AD Records
    4th & Broadway
    5 Minute Walk
    5.1 Entertainment
    510 Records
    550 Music
    57 Records
    A& E Latin Music
    A&M Records
    A440 Records
    Abkco
    Acony Records
    AD Records
    Aftermath/Shady
    Aleho
    Alice
    Alliance
    Alligator Records
    Almo Sounds
    Amaru Records
    Ambar Records
    American Empire
    American Recording
    Amiata Records
    Andy Prieboy
    Angel
    Angels
    Antilles
    Antone's
    Antra Records
    Apple
    Archive
    Ardent
    Aries Music Entertainment, Inc.
    Arista Latin
    Arista Nashville
    Arista Records
    Ark 21
    Arsenal
    Artanis
    Arte Nova
    Artemis
    Artist Direct/Kneeling Elephant
    Astoria Entertainment
    Astralwerks Records
    Asylum Records
    Atco
    Atlantic
    Atlantic Classics
    Atlantic Nashville
    ATO Records
    Atrium Records
    AV8 Records
    Avatar Records
    Avenue Records
    AVI
    Aware
    AWOL Records
    Axiom
    B.E.C.
    Back Porch Records
    Bad Boy Entertainment
    Bad Dog Records
    Ballers Entertainment
    Baphomet Housecore
    Barak Entertainment
    Barb Wire Productions
    Barco Records
    Bass Productions
    Beat Club
    Beauty Records
    Beginner's Bible
    Beiler Bros Records
    Belart
    Bellmark
    Belly Soundtrack
    Benson Record
    Berman Brothers
    Best Side
    Beyond Music
    Bibleman
    Big Baller
    Big Beat Records
    Big Cat/Work
    Big Deal
    Big Dog Records
    Big Ear Music
    Big Head Todd
    Big Idea Productions
    Big Records
    Big Screen Music
    Big Tree
    Big Wadd
    Big World
    Bigtyme Records
    Billy Corgan
    Biv Ten Records
    Black Market Records
    Black Out
    Black Pumpkin Records
    Black Top Records
    Blackground (Barry & Sons, Inc.)
    Blackground Records
    Blackheart
    Blackstone
    Bliss Productions
    Blix Street
    Blood and Fire
    Bloodline Records
    Blue Gorilla
    Blue Jackel Entertainment
    Blue Note
    Blue Plate
    Blue Thumb
    Bluebird
    Blues Bureau
    BMG Classics
    BMG Entertainment
    BMG U.S. Latin
    BNA Records
    Bob Marley Music
    Bocelli-Sogno
    Bohemia
    Bon Jovi
    Box Tunes
    Branford Marsalis
    Breakaway
    B-Rite
    Broadway MCA
    Brody Records
    Broken Bow Records
    Broken Records
    Brutal Records
    Bullseye
    Bungalow Records
    Burnside
    C2
    Cadena Records
    Cadence Christian
    Caliente
    Candle In The Wind
    Cannan
    Capitol Nashville
    Capitol Records
    Capricorn
    Cargo Records
    Cash Money Records
    Catalyst
    Caviant
    Cell Block Records
    Celtic Corner
    Celtic Heartbeat
    Chameleon Records
    Charisma
    Cheeba Sounds
    Cherry Entertainment
    Chignon Records
    Children
    Chord
    Chordant
    Christian Music Group
    Chronicles/PSM
    Chrysalis Music Group
    Chuck Life
    Cintas Acuario
    Circular Moves
    City of Hope
    Cky
    Classic Tracs
    Clatown Records
    Clean Slate
    Climate
    C-Loc Records
    Clockwork
    CMC International
    CMG
    Cold Chillin' Records
    Colli Park Music
    Columbia Records
    Command
    Conifer
    Contemporary
    Coolhunter Records
    Coolsville Productions
    Copacabana Records
    Costarola
    Cotillion
    Covenant Artists
    Crazy Cat
    Crescent Moon
    Crime Partners
    Critique Records
    Crowne Music Group
    Crystal Lewis
    Crystal Rose
    CTW/Sesame Street
    Curb
    Curb/Rising Tide
    Cyan Records
    Cypress
    D & D Records
    Da Border Music, Inc.
    Dagger Records
    Dali Records
    Damian Music
    Damian US Latin
    Dancing Cat
    Dare 2BU, Inc.
    DAS
    Day Spring
    Daywind Music Group
    DCC
    Death Row
    Debris Records
    Debut
    Decca
    Deep Purple
    Def Jam
    Def Soul
    Delicious Vinyl
    Delos
    Denon
    Desert Storm
    DGG
    DHM
    Digital Theater System, Inc.
    Disa
    Discipline
    Disques Vogue
    DJ Honda Recordings
    DKC
    DM Music
    DM Records, Inc.
    DMY
    DMZ
    Doggystyle Records
    Domo Records
    Dopehouse Records
    Down in the Delta JV
    Dr. Dream
    DreamWorks
    DreamWorks Nashville
    Drive Thru Records
    Duck Down Music
    DV8 Records
    E Pluribus Unum
    Eagle Rock
    Eaglevision
    Earthbeat
    Earthdance
    East Side Digital
    East West Records
    Easydisc
    ECM
    Eddie Soundtrack
    Edel America Records
    Edel Entertainment
    Edito Classica
    Edmonds Record Group
    Elektra Asylum
    Elektra Entertainment Group
    Elektra Musician group
    Elementree Records
    Ellipsis Arts
    Elton John
    Elvis Tribute Project
    EMD Music
    Emergent Music Marketing
    EMI Classics
    EMI Gospel Music
    EMI Latin
    EMI Records
    Eminent
    Empire Records
    Enjoy Records
    Epic
    Epic Nashville
    Epidrome
    Equinox Music
    ERATO
    ESC Records
    Esparanza Atlantic
    Essence Records
    Essential Classics
    Essex Records
    Eureka
    Eurodisc
    Everland
    Evolver
    Extasy
    Facility
    Fantasy
    Farmclub
    Fast Horse
    Fat Boy Music
    Favored Nation
    FDM
    Fedora
    Festival Five Records
    Finlandia
    First Generation Records
    First Priority Music
    Flashback Gold
    Flashback Rhino
    Flashpoint International
    Flava Unit Entertainment
    Flawless
    Flicker Records
    Floodgate
    Flora
    Flying Fish
    Flyte Tyme Records
    Fome
    Fonovisa
    Forefront
    Freeze Records
    Friday Records
    Fubu
    Full Moon Records
    Furious Records
    Future Farmer
    Galaxy
    Garden City
    Garland
    Garmex
    Garth Brooks
    Gasoline Alley
    Gazillion Records
    Geffen
    Gemini Sun Records
    Genie Entertainment/Lightyear
    Gfunk
    Ghetto Youth International
    Giant Records
    Gift Horse
    Glassnote
    Gold Circle
    Gold Seal
    Golden Books
    Good News
    Good Time Jazz
    Gospocentric
    Gotee Records
    Grammavision
    Grammy Nominee Project
    Grand Royal
    Grape Tree
    Grateful Dead Records
    Great Performances
    Green Linnet
    GRP/Verve
    GTS
    Guardian
    Guts & Grace
    GWK Records
    H2E Records
    Hall of Fame
    Hammer & Lace
    Hannibal
    Hannibal International
    Harmony Records
    HBO/WEA
    Heart Records
    Heartbeat
    Heartery
    Herb Harris Music Co.
    Hieroglyphics
    High Performance
    High Street
    Higher Octave Music
    Highnote
    Hightone Records
    Hip O Records
    Hittel LLC
    HKD Productions
    Hollywood Records
    Hollywood Visa
    Home Sweet Home
    Home Video
    Homegrown Music Network
    Homeland
    Hood Rat Records
    House of Music
    H-Town Records
    Hush
    Hybrid Recordings
    Hyperdisk Records
    I Am
    I Funk Records LLC
    I.E. Music
    Ice Records
    Ichiban Records
    IG Records, Inc.
    Imaginary Road
    Immediate
    Immortal Records
    Import Music
    Impulse
    Indiginous
    Infinity Digital
    Innocent
    InPop Records
    Insane Clown Posse
    Inside/Out
    Insidesessions
    Instinct Records
    Integrity Inc.
    Interhit Records
    International Special Markets
    Interscope
    Invisible Sound
    Iris
    IRS
    Island Def Jam
    Island Jamaica
    Island Mercury
    Island Records
    J Records
    J&N Records
    Jaggo Records
    Jake Records
    Java Records
    Jazzland
    Jazz-Non US
    Jcor
    Jersey Records
    Jireh
    Jive Records(Bentwood Music/Cedarmont Kids /Reunion/Sick Wid It/ Silvertone/Verity/Volcano)
    JMC Records
    JMM
    Joey
    Karen
    KDFC
    Kelly Family distribution
    Kicking Mule
    Kid Rhino
    Kinetic Records
    King Communication
    Kings Way
    Kismet Records
    Kiss Video
    KKSF
    Koch Entertainment LLC
    Korta
    Krasnow
    Krystal/The Firm
    KukDo Records
    KWJZ
    La Face
    Label M
    Labor Records
    Largo
    Latin Pop/Tropical
    Latin Regional Mexican
    Latino Music
    Lava Records
    Left Eye
    Legacy
    Leni Stern Recordings
    Liars Inc.
    Liberty United Artists
    Lideres
    Lighthouse Point Entertainment
    Lightstorm
    Lightyear Entertainment
    Lil Joe Records
    Lil Man
    Liquid 8 Records
    Lissette
    Little David (Atlantic)
    Little Dog
    Living Music
    Living Stereo
    Liz Phair
    Lobster Records
    Locomotive Music
    Logic Records
    London Records
    London Red Ant
    London Slash
    London U.S.
    Longevity Records (NYC) Inc.
    Lookout
    Loose Cannon
    Loosegroove
    Lost Highway
    Loud Records
    Luaka Bop
    Lucky Dog Monument
    Luna Negra
    Luther Campbell Records
    Lyle Lovett
    Lyric Street
    M.T. Enterprises dba Thuy Nga's
    M2.0 Inc.
    M2.0 Productions
    Mach Entertainment
    Mad Yacht
    Magnum Music
    Major Label Records
    Major League Baseball
    Mammoth Records
    Manga
    Mango
    Manhattan Records
    Many Roads Records
    Marantha!
    Margaritaville
    Marinda Grace
    MAS Entertainment
    Masterworks
    Maverick Musica
    Maverick Records
    Max Music
    Max Weinberg 7
    Maxjazz
    Maya Records
    MCA
    MCA Nashville
    Media Safari
    Medicine
    MegaForce
    Melisma Ventures LLC
    Melodiya
    Memphis International
    Mercury Nashville
    Mercury Records
    Mesa/Bluemoon
    Messenger Records
    Metal Blade
    Metrix Music
    Metro One
    MGM
    Mic Media/Lyricist Lougre
    Mifflin Hills Music Company
    Mighty Horn
    Milan (Jade Records)
    Milestone
    Militia Group
    Ministry of Sounds
    Miramax
    MJJ
    Mo Thugs
    Mock & Roll
    Modern (Atlantic)
    Mojo
    Mondo Melodia
    Moonshine Conspiracy
    Mosh
    Motown Records
    Mouth Almighty
    Moviso
    Mozote Music
    Mr. Incognito
    MSC Music Entertainment
    MTV
    Murder Inc.
    Music for Little People (Rhino)
    Music One
    Music Up Records, Inc.
    Musimex
    Musiteca
    Mutant Sound System
    N'Focus Entertainment
    N2K
    Narada Records
    Nas
    Native
    Nelle Hooper
    Neptunes
    Nettwerk Records
    Neurodisc Records
    New Haven Records
    New West
    Next Century Records
    Next Next Entertainment
    Next Plateau
    Nick @ Nite
    Nimbus
    Ninth Avenue Music, Inc.
    No Limit Records
    Nonesuch Musician
    Noo Trybe
    Noontime
    Northside
    Northsounds
    Nothing Records
    Novus
    NOW
    NPG Records
    Nu American Music
    Nu Opp
    Nutone Records
    NVC Arts
    NY:LA Music Inc.
    Octone Records
    Odyssey
    Odyssey in Minds Eye
    Oh Boy
    Okeh
    Old Fonovisa
    Omni
    Omnium
    On Point
    One Life One Love
    Orfeon
    Organized Noise
    Original Blues Classics
    Original Jazz Classics
    Oro Musical
    Orpheus
    Outburst
    Outpost
    Overbrook Music
    P & A
    Pablo
    Padma
    Pagan America
    Pakaderm
    Pallas Records
    Palm Entertainment
    Palm Video
    Palma MusicInc.
    Pan Disc/Streetbeat
    Pangaea
    Paradigm Records
    Paras Recording Co.
    Patriot Records
    Payaso Records
    PBS Records
    PBS Records
    PCLC Capricorn
    Pegan America
    Pendulum
    Perspective
    Philadelphia Records
    Philips
    Philo
    Phoenix Music
    Pias
    Pioneer
    Platino Records
    Players Club
    PlexiMusic
    Plump
    PLV Rhino Exclusive
    Point Blank
    Point Music
    Poly Atlas
    Poly TV
    Polybeat Records
    Polydor Country
    Polymedia
    Portrait
    PRA Records
    Praise Gathering
    Prawn Song
    Premium
    Premium Latin Music
    Premonition Records
    Prestige Productions
    Priority Records
    Private Music
    Proclaim
    Project
    Promotions of the World
    Protel
    PSM Records
    Psychopathic Records
    Q Records
    Quango
    Quiet Boys Records
    Qwest Records (Warner)
    R.A.L.
    Radio Universal
    Radioactive Records
    RAM Records
    Random House
    Rap?A?Lot
    Raptivism Records
    Rasheeda
    Rawkus Records
    Ray Boltz Spindust
    Razor & Tie
    Razor Sharp
    RCA Records
    RCA Records Nashville
    RCC Records
    Real Music
    Real World Records
    Rebound Records
    Red Ant
    Red Feather
    RED Ink
    Red Pajamas
    Red Seal
    Red Star
    Redline Entertainment
    Refuge Records
    Regina Records
    Rejoice
    Relapse Records
    Relaxation Music
    Release
    Renegade Records
    Reprise
    Resound
    Restless Records
    Revolution Records
    RFC (Warner)
    Rhino London Sire
    Rhino Records
    Rhyme Records
    Rhythm Safari
    Rick Rubin Entertainment
    Right Cross Records
    Righteous Babe Records
    Ripchord
    Rising Tide Nashville
    Risky Business
    Riverboat
    Riverside
    RJO
    RMM
    Roadrunner Records, Inc.
    Robbins Entertainment
    Roc-A-Fella Records
    Rocket Records
    Rocketown Records
    Rockstar Games
    Rocky Mountain Recorders
    Ropeadope Records
    Roswell Records
    Rough Ryders Records
    Rounder Records
    RPM/Columbia
    Ruffhouse Records
    Ruffnation
    Rural Rhythm
    Ruthless
    Ruthless Records (Atlantic)
    Ryko International
    Ryko Latina
    Rykodisc
    Rykovision
    S & P Records
    Sactuary
    Sai Records
    Saja Records (Atlantic)
    Sambora
    Samson
    Saregama PLC
    Savant
    Savoy
    Savoy Jazz
    SBK
    Scarface Records
    Scratchie
    S-Curve
    Sea Creatures
    Sega
    Seiko Matsuda
    Seismic Records
    Selah
    SEON
    Seraphim
    Shadow Records
    Shady Records
    Shakti
    Shamton
    Shang
    Sheppard Lane Music
    Shrapnel Records
    Sideburn
    Silas
    Silver Seal
    Silverware
    Sindrome Records
    Sing 2 School
    Sir George Records
    Six Degrees
    Skaggs Family Records
    Slamm Dunk
    Slash Distributed
    Slash Warner
    Slipdisc
    Slow River
    Slow River International
    Smash
    Smashing Pumpkins- Adore
    SMI
    SMV
    So So Def /All out Ent.
    Sojourn Hills
    Sonique
    Sonolux
    Sony Classical
    Sony Discos
    Sony Japan
    Sony Labels
    Sony Music
    Sony Music US (Latin)
    Sony Wonder
    Soulwerkz
    Sound Gizmo
    Sound Mex
    Sound of Atlanta
    Spark Entertainment
    Sparrow
    Specialty
    Spirit Soundtrack
    Spit Records
    Spring Hill Music Group
    Spring House
    Squint Entertainment
    Star Records
    Star Song
    Stax
    Stinky Records
    Stonecreek
    Straight Outta Labb
    Straight Profit
    Straightway
    Streetbeat
    Stretch Music
    String Cheese Incident
    Stuart Hersch
    Suave Records
    Sugar Beats
    Sunnyside
    Super Ego Records
    Surfdog Records
    Surrender Records
    Susquehanna Hat Company
    Svengali
    Swan Song
    Sybersound Music
    Tabu
    Tag Records
    Taj Mahal Records
    Takoma
    Teledec
    Telethon
    Terminus Records
    Texas Music Group
    The Enclave
    The Guys Who Sell Records/Bronx
    The Right Stuff
    The Road to Eldorado
    The Source
    The Start/The Label
    The Voice of Music, Inc.
    The Wall
    Third Stone Records
    Thirsty Ear
    Three keys/Lightyear
    Thrive Records
    Thump Arsenal Productions, Inc.
    Thump Records
    Tim Kerr
    Timbaland
    Time Bomb
    Time Home Intertainment
    Time/Life (ADA)
    Tinder
    Tips Exports Inc.
    TJ Martell
    Tone Cool
    Tooth and Nail
    Top Dawg Productions
    Top Sail Productions
    Tornado Records
    Toros Records
    Track Factory
    Trackmasters
    Traditions
    Trans Continental Records
    Transparent Records
    Trauma Entertainment
    Trauma Records
    Treat & Release
    Treydan Records
    Tribal
    Triloka
    Tropical Storm
    Tropix
    Troubadour
    TRS Buddah Inactive
    Trudy Greene
    Trust Kill
    Tuff Gong
    Turn Music
    TV First
    TVG Records
    Twin Sisters Productions, Inc.
    TwISm
    Twisted
    Ultimate Records
    Underground Recordz
    Unison
    Unitone
    Universal Music Latino
    Universal Records
    University Music Group
    University Records
    Univision
    Unsigned Hype
    Untertainment
    Up Above Records
    Upstart
    UpTown Project
    Uptown Records - URC
    UTV Uni Roy
    UTV Island
    UTV Motown
    V.O.R.A.C. Records
    V2(GeeStreet/Push Records/Delicious Vinyl)
    Vagrant Records
    Vapor
    Varese Sarabande
    Varrick
    Velas
    Velocette Records
    Velour Recordings
    Vernon Yard
    Verve
    VI Music
    Victory Music
    Victrola
    Vineyard
    Violator Records
    Virgin Blackground
    Virgin Classics
    Virgin Latino
    Virgin Nashville
    Virgin Records
    Virgin Underground
    Vital
    Viva Discos
    Vivarte
    Volt
    VOX Lumania
    VP Music Group, Inc.
    VP Records
    Walt Disney Records
    Waltzing Bear
    Warlock
    Warmth
    Warner Bros. Christian
    Warner Bros. Records Inc.
    Warner Music Group
    Warner Music Latina
    Warner/Reprise Country ADV
    WEA Latina
    WEACaribe
    WEAMex
    Weird Sleeper Man Records
    West Side Latino
    Whitfield Records
    Wicklow
    Wild Pitch
    Windham Hill
    Wind-Up Entertainment
    WJJZ
    WNUA
    Wonderland
    Woodstock
    Word Entertainment
    Work
    World Hits
    World Music Network
    Worship Together
    WOV Records
    WOW Joint Venture
    Wrechsop Records
    WSJZ
    Wu-Tang Records
    Wynonna
    Xenophile
    Yo! MTV Raps
    ZAPPA
    Zebra Lightyear
    Zebra Records
    Zero Hour
    Zoe
    Zomba/Def Jam

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    So, if you download songs from an artist not affiliated with the RIAA, they can't sue you?

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    Originally posted by kAb@3 August 2003 - 18:37
    So, if you download songs from an artist not affiliated with the RIAA, they can't sue you?
    How could they, it would be none of their business. The person or company who own the copyright could tho'.

    Forget this big mystique about the RIAA it's just a trade association which acts on behalf of a load of companies. Representing all of their interests at the same time.

    It is not a law enforcement or prosecuting body. It's no different from something like

    http://www.amseed.com/

    It just happens to represent most of the music industry.

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    But now we know which Record Labels to NOT buy

    An It Harm None, Do What You Will

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    I don't know how many it leaves mate, but it's good to look on the positive side.

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    damn thats a long list!

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    I think the majority of US music publishers are members.

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