CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro launched another missive across the bow of the RIAA Monday by issuing a statement regarding a letter from the RIAA to U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA). The letter concerned the RIAA’s abstention from the Copy Protection Technical Working Group (CPTWG), a cross-industry organization that Shapiro describes as an “open forum” for discussing digital rights management strategies. Shapiro interpreted the refusal as an admission that the audio flag proposed by the RIAA is without substance, since they are unwilling to discuss the technical specifications with the group. Shapiro also took the opportunity to attack the RIAA’s concern over what it calls “disaggregation,” which Shapiro characterizes as a euphemism for entirely legal copying practices. “The recording industry’s campaign over disaggregation is nothing but a thinly veiled attack on lawful, private, noncommercial, in-home consumer recording practices,” he asserted.
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