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Date: Thu Jan 23 2003 - 09:57:48 PST


Music Industry's Chief Lobbyist Leaving
Music Industry's Chief Lobbyist Hilary Rosen, Who Waged Battle Against
Napster, Will Resign

The Associated Press

Hilary Rosen, the U.S. recording industry's head lobbyist who waged a
high-profile battle against Napster and music piracy, is resigning at the
end of the year.

In a statement, Rosen cited personal reasons for leaving the Recording
Industry Association of America, where she has served as chief executive
since 1998.

"During my tenure here, the recording industry has undergone dramatic
challenges and it is well positioned for future success. I have been
extremely proud to be a part of this industry transition," Rosen said. "But I
have young children and I want to devote more of my time to them."

She said the RIAA board will conduct a formal search for a replacement.

Rosen's departure comes as the organization sought to soften its image
among Internet consumers, many of whom viewed the RIAA and Rosen
personally with antipathy over incessant pressure for crackdowns on
sharing digital music over the Internet.

The group recently set aside a simmering dispute with leading technology
companies by agreeing to oppose any government efforts to build locking
controls into future generations of entertainment devices.

Technology companies have complained that such controls, which would
hamper consumers' efforts to share movies and music, are too expensive
and complex.

Rosen was an independent consultant before joining the RIAA in 1987.
She also is a founding board member of Rock the Vote, an organization
aimed to get younger people more politically involved.

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