Statement by Neil Portnow, President of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. on the Supreme Court’s Ruling on MGM v. Grokster
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Recording Academy) represents 17,000 musicians, composers, artists, engineers, producers and songwriters and is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers.
"Today is a good day for music fans and the 17,000 musicians, composers, artists, engineers, producers and songwriters that are the members of The Recording Academy. By unanimously upholding the rights of creators, the Supreme Court has defended an environment for legal online music services to thrive.
As the National Academy of Recording Arts AND Sciences, our membership embraces new technologies that deliver their music to fans in innovative ways. The court is forging the way for the legal digital services — those that compensate the creative professionals — to enable music fans to hear their favorite artists wherever, whenever and however they want.
The unanimous Supreme Court opinion sends a clear message to those who use technology to encourage copyright infringement, while recognizing the importance of honest, legitimate innovation that fosters protection of the rights of creators of music.
Previously The Recording Academy submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the creative community, which depends on sales of its works to earn a living. We thank the Court for its insight into this important case and for the protection of music makers. The Academy will continue to defend its members' rights wherever and whenever necessary."