Governor Rick Scott signed into “True Origin of Digital Goods Act” which is another tool for anti-piracy for the U.S. music industry. This Florida law will take effect on July 1st, and will require website owners or operators of online services that offer music or music video streaming and downloading to “clearly and conspicuously disclose” the alleged infringer’s name, physical address, and telephone number or email address.
- makes Floridians more informed consumers
- allows Floridians “to protect themselves against websites that distribute” music content illegally
- intends to help Florida’s music business
- has national and global implication
This means the bill does not limit to Florida-based websites or services only. It also affects any website or service that distributes music or music videos to anyone in Florida. Chairman and CEO of the RIAA Cary Sherman believes that the Latin music labels have been hit the hardest by digital piracy and CD counterfeiting which resulted to hundreds of dollars being shed.