Under fire from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allegedly failing to monitor marketing practices to minors, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Association of

Under fire from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allegedly failing to monitor marketing practices to minors, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) have formed a joint task force designed to "assist the industry in implementing and meeting marketing guidelines to achieve ongoing compliance."

The task force, which will comprise label and retail executives, will work to ensure that "parental advisory" stickers are visible in consumer print ads and at online retail sites. In addition, the committee will recommend that all online retailers link their sites to parentalguide.org, which explains the stickering program. RIAA president/CEO Hilary Rosen will spearhead the task force and will meet with labels over the next few weeks to determine its members.

On April 24, the FTC lambasted the record industry for reneging on its own suggestions and those of the commission. These included the label group's plan to include parental-advisory stickers in print ads and to give clear notice of stickered material at stores and retail Web sites through all phases of a transaction.