Former FBI agent to lead org's battle

A former FBI special agent will head up the recording industry’s antipiracy fight in the western U.S., the RIAA announced.

In addition to spearheading RIAA’s own efforts against bootleggers, Kathy Leodler, a 23-year FBI veteran most recently assigned as acting chief of the bureau’s San Diego office, will “assist law enforcement authorities engaged in music piracy investigations,” org said. “The work includes investigations into music theft both in traditional physical form and also online.”

“Kathy’s tremendous experience directing teams in sensitive and complex domestic and international investigations is supreme,” said Brad Buckles, RIAA’s exec veep of antipiracy, in a statement. “Her ability to utilize sophisticated techniques and tactical response will be a huge asset to the hard work we do to further our mission.”

While in the San Diego office of the FBI, Leodler oversaw a multi-million dollar budget and a staff of 500, the RIAA said.

The RIAA’s western region comprises Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Guam.

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