Napster & The RIAA

As part of its 15th anniversary celebration this year, Wiredmagazine has been re-interviewing some of the individuals highlighted in the magazine’s classic feature stories in order to catch up on what has changed in their respective industries since the original date of their interview printing.

As part of its 15th anniversary celebration this year, Wiredmagazine has been re-interviewing some of the individuals highlighted in the magazine’s classic feature stories in order to catch up on what has changed in their respective industries since the original date of their interview printing. For the month of July, Wired talked with Hilary Rosen, former chairman and chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, who was profiled upon her exit from the position in 2003. During her tenure, Rosen worked to halt the digital revolution, and she is now armed with five years of hindsight, able to provide some surprising comments about her actions.

When asked about the now infamous $1 billion dollar deal spread over five years that Napster offered to the big five record companies to settle a lawsuit brought by the RIAA, Rosen supported the record companies’ decision not to take the offer. She explained her comment further by claiming, “I don’t know if that particular deal is the one that should have been done,” before adding, “I do firmly believe that the record companies should have made a deal.” In a separate question regarding her decision as the head of the RIAA to sue Napster,Rosen provided another puzzling answer saying, “the precedent needed to be set” while, at the same time, claiming that she “thought the... Sign In to Keep Reading

To view this content,

Join Today

or Sign In

The Benefits of Membership:

  • Limited-time FREE Feature Magazine Content
  • Exclusive access to members-only contests and giveaways
Click to Join

We've started a free American Songwriter membership. Click here to learn more.