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"The advancements in technology have created exciting opportunities for artists online, but we believe artists ought to have the right to choose how and if their work is distributed on the Internet. The issue of compensation for and creative control by artists is important to all of us because it affects our careers, our livelihoods and our futures."
—Noah Stone, Artists Against Piracy

ARTISTS UNITE AGAINST PIRACY

New Coalition Comes Out In Support
Of Intellectual Property Rights
An artist-driven coalition formed to give recording artists a voice in determining how their music launched its public awareness campaign today (7/11). Artists Against Piracy released a list of artists who have added their names in support of the intellectual property rights issues championed by Metallica and Dr. Dre.

The AAP ran full-page ads in today's New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Under the headline "If A Song Means A Lot To You, Imagine What It Means To Us," the ad lists the names of approximately 70 artists from a variety of genres who support the endeavor. The artists include Aimee Mann, Alanis Morissette, blink-182, Bryan Adams, Garth Brooks, Christina Aguilera, Sisqo, Sarah McLachlan, DMX and Faith Hill.

The educational/awareness ad campaign coincides with today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, at which Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Napster CEO Hank Barry, MP3.com Chairman and CEO michael robertson',390,400);">michael robertson',390,400);">Michael Robertson and others will be testifying about the future of music on the Internet and intellectual property rights.

"Artists Against Piracy's mission is to provide a collective voice for artists on the issue of the digital distribution of music," explained AAP organizer Noah Stone, who also heads the GMEmusic.com Internet label for Gold Mountain Entertainment. "The advancements in technology have created exciting opportunities for artists online, but we believe artists ought to have the right to choose how and if their work is distributed on the Internet. The issue of compensation for and creative control by artists is important to all of us because it affects our careers, our livelihoods and our futures."

AAP also draws support from corporations such as Myplay.com, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the Recording Industry Association of America, Supertracks and The Walt Disney Company.

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