Category Archives: NEWS

An Update on AARC’s Automobile Recorder Litigation

Dear Members and Friends:

AARC’s efforts to enforce the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) and collect the royalties our members are owed continue.  As you know, this July we filed a landmark suit against several automobile companies and electronic device manufacturers who refused to pay royalties or include required copy protection systems on their in-car music recorders, in violation of the AHRA.  Today, we expanded our enforcement efforts by filing an additional complaint against Chrysler and two Mitsubishi Electric companies regarding their “automobile-based digital audio recording devices,” which are music-recording hard drive systems available in Chrysler, Jeep, Ram and Dodge cars and trucks.  These devices are covered by the AHRA, but the defendants have refused to pay royalties on them or include the required serial copy protections. 

We had hoped Chrysler and the Mitsubishi Electric companies would settle their liability and begin paying what they owe once they had an opportunity to study and assess the issues.  But it has now become painfully clear they have no intention of complying with the law.  While litigation is always a last resort, it is clear this lawsuit is the only way to protect our members’ rights.

 As I have said many times, the AHRA is fundamentally a tradeoff that provides legal certainty and tremendous economic opportunities to companies like Chrysler and Mitsubishi Electric in exchange for modest royalty payments and protection against serial copying.  Chrysler and Mitsubishi Electric have had all the benefits of this tradeoff, and AARC will not stand by while they refuse to hold up their end of the deal.  

 More background on the litigation and the AHRA is available here.

Thank you very much for your support.

Sincerely,

Linda R. Bocchi, Esq.
Executive Director
Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies

Japanese and Spanish Indie Data Request (due 11/25)

Indie Members-

This is to notify you that we are currently collecting data from our Indie members regarding their distribution of music in Japan and Spain.  This data is required to claim private copying royalties for our Indie members.  Please submit data to us by 11/25/14 if you wish to collect in these territories.

  • (The links are no longer available, this was due 11/25/14.)
  • Submit JAPANESE Sales Data
  • Submit SPANISH Sales Data

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Thank You,
AARC

AARC Files Federal Class Action Lawsuit

July 25, 2014

Today, AARC filed a federal class action lawsuit against Ford, GM, and two electronics manufacturers, Denso and Clarion, to recover royalties they owe under the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) for automobile-based digital audio recording devices.

Press Release
Frequently Asked Questions
Letter to AARC Members from Linda R. Bocchi, Executive Director
AARC Class Action Complaint

Confirmation Replies Due 9/12

Confirmation replieS are due Friday September 12, 2014.  Click here for more information or to submit your reply.

Dutch Indie Data Request (due 5/27/14)

Indie Members,

This is to notify you that we are currently collecting data from our Indie members regarding their distribution of music in The Netherlands. This data is required to claim Dutch private copying royalties for our Indie members.  Please visit http://www.aarcroyalties.com/dutch-indie-data to learn more and to submit data to us no later than May 27, 2014.

AARC Remembers Gary Haber

Gary Haber
Image Courtesy of Haber Corp

Gary Haber
December 30, 1945-April 7, 2014

The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies mourns the passing of Gary Haber, who passed on April 7, 2014.  Mr. Haber was an original member of AARC’s Board of Directors, diligently serving for the past 20 years.  We send our sincere condolences to his family.  He will be sorely missed.

Indies: Request of Japanese and Spanish Sales Data

Indie Members-

This is to notify you that we are currently collecting data from our Indie members regarding their distribution of music in Japan and Spain.  This data is required to claim private copying royalties for our Indie members.  Please submit data to us by 11/22/13 if you wish to collect in these territories.

Additionally, if you have not yet completed our survey on foreign collection, please do so as well.  This survey is very important to help AARC continue to collect royalties for Indies outside of the United States.

Contact us if you have any questions.

Thank You,
AARC