RIAA chief Rosen to quit by year's end

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Hilary Rosen, chief executive officer of the Recording Industry Association of America Inc. (RIAA), will step down from her post by the end of this year, the organization said Wednesday.

Rosen is leaving to spend more time with her family, the RIAA said in a statement. She became CEO in 1998 and spent 17 years overall with the RIAA, the recording industry's lobbying group.

Rosen will work with Cary Sherman, the RIAA's president, to search for a successor, the statement said.

The RIAA represents music labels including Universal Music Group Inc., Warner Brothers Records Inc., EMI Group PLC, Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and BMG Entertainment Inc.

Amid sagging music sales, the RIAA has waged a legislative and legal antipiracy battle targeted at online file-sharing programs and music pirates who illegally distribute copyrighted material. Rosen played a key role in the legal battle by the RIAA that ultimately led to the shutdown of Napster Inc.'s file-sharing service last year.

The RIAA has also taken Internet service providers to court, asking them to release information about Internet users whom the RIAA accused of illegally downloading copyrighted material. Rosen's resignation comes just one day after a federal judge asked Verizon Internet Services Inc. to hand over to the recording industry the name of an Internet user who downloaded more than 600 songs in a single day.

The ruling was generally considered a victory for the recording industry in its crusade to prevent copyright infringement.

Under the supervision of Rosen, the RIAA has also been working with the IT industry to develop technology that helps prevent the distribution of copyrighted material. The RIAA recently announced an agreement with two IT trade groups, Business Software Alliance (BSA) and the Computer Systems Policy Project (CSPP), establishing joint policy procedures to combat piracy.

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