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December 1, 2020 | Press Statements

Statement of RIAA Chief Legal Officer Kenneth L. Doroshow on the Spinrilla Ruling

Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2020) Kenneth L. Doroshow, Chief Legal Officer of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), released the following statement regarding yesterday’s decision in the Spinrilla infringement lawsuit, Atlantic Recording Corp., et al. v. Spinrilla, LLC, et al., Case No. 1:17-CV-00431-AT (N.D. Ga.):

“We are gratified by the court’s decision, which sends a message that online streaming providers cannot hide behind the actions of their users to avoid their own liability for copyright infringement that occurs through their systems.  The decision also reaffirms that merely characterizing unauthorized copies of sound recordings as ‘mixtapes’ does not make them any less infringing than any other unauthorized uses of copyrighted works.  The court got it exactly right on several key points of copyright law in the digital streaming context, and we hope that it serves as a lodestar for other courts and service providers alike.”


K. Kim Atterbury