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Recording Industry Association of America

Recording Industry Association of America
Organization information
TypeTechnical standards, licensing and royalties
HeadquartersWashington, DC
LocationUnited States
Chairman and Chief Executive OfficerMitch Bainwol

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trust that represents the recording industry distributors in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA say "create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States". RIAA has its headquarters in Washington DC.

The RIAA was formed in 1952 primarily to administer the RIAA equalization curve, a technical standard of frequency response applied to vinyl records during manufacturing and playback. The RIAA has continued to participate in creating and administering technical standards for later systems of music recording and reproduction, including magnetic tape (including cassette tapes and digital audio tapes), CDs and software-based digital technologies .

The RIAA participates in the collective rights management of sound recording. The association is also responsible for certifying gold and platinum albums and singles in the USA.

The RIAA lists its goals as:

#to protect intellectual property rights and the First Amendment rights of artists;

#to perform research about the music industry;

#to monitor and review relevant laws, regulations and policies;

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