RIAA CEO to step down

— 4:40 AM on January 23, 2003

RIAA CEO Hilary Rosen has announced that she will step down from her position at the end of the year, but I wouldn't get too excited. Rosen still has plenty of battles to fight and plenty of time do it:

"This has been an extremely difficult decision, but I know it is the right one for my family," Rosen said in a statement. "Nonetheless, this is a critical time and I have much to do in the coming months. We continue to face unprecedented levels of online piracy as well as a changing market in physical piracy here and abroad."
Given that statement, I wouldn't expect the RIAA's pursuit of music pirates to wane before Rosen leaves. Even after Rosen's departure, I just don't see the RIAA relaxing its efforts to curtail rampant violations of music copyrights that will in all likelihood still exist by the end of the year.

I suppose that, at the very least, a new CEO may help give the RIAA a friendlier face. Still, the RIAA has much to do if it ever wants to change the growing perception that violating music copyrights is somehow OK.

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