People regularly accuse me of suing college students and other "innocents" in my past role as Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The lawsuits against individuals initiated by the RIAA was started after I left. When I was there, our litigation focus was on those who were building commercial businesses on the backs of the creative community without their agreement or participation.
I don't honestly know what I would have done about the individual lawsuits had I stayed. I certainly participated in multiple planning and debate sessions about them. There were good arguments on both sides and the staff at the RIAA are thoughtful, good people who work hard to protect their constituency. Thankfully my plan to leave was firmly in place and I didn't have to make that tough call or take the heat for the one that was made. Read more
comments by Hilary.