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RIAA wants tax dollars to combat piracy
By Gwendolyn Mariano, ZDNet News, April 25, 2002

"Specifically, the RIAA is requesting the funds be used to create
additional squads or units for a program called Computer Hacking and
Intellectual Property, which is part of the Justice Department's
initiative to fight cybercrime. Although the RIAA applauded the creation
of CHIP, it said it is concerned that CHIP's main focus will be on
computer hacking and not on intellectual property. The RIAA requested in
its testimony that these CHIP units make intellectual property a top
priority. "

"Piracy is not a private offense," Hilary Rosen, president of the RIAA,
said in a statement. "It hurts everyone by diminishing the incentive to
invest in the creation of music. It should not, therefore, be viewed as a
crime only against authors, performers, composers, musicians, record
companies, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, but against each of