RIAA pushes property pact

WASHINGTON — With the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreement wrapped up in Geneva in December, the Recording Industry Assn. of America is turning its attention to Congress, which now must ratify the treaty.

The Senate has two years to ratify the international pact, which is designed to protect copyright holders in the digital age. At least 30 countries must ratify the treaty before it goes into effect. “Getting (WIPO) ratified in the U.S. and 29 other counties is our priority,” RIAA CEO Jay Berman said.

The treaty ensures that copyright holders can control the digital delivery of their music or other copyrighted prod-ucts, Berman said. It also affirms that existing national and international copyright laws apply to digital material. The agreement also makes it illegal for an individual to circumvent efforts to encrypt copyrighted material.

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