Members of the newly-organized CERTA, the Coalition of Entertainment Retail Trade Associations, will meet with members of Congress April 20 to drum up support to combat entertainment piracy.

WASHINGTON--Members of the newly-organized CERTA, the Coalition of Entertainment Retail Trade Associations, will meet with members of Congress April 20 to drum up support to combat entertainment piracy.

Then, at a media briefing and lunch, Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla., and CERTA representatives will discuss how increased consumer education, legal deterrence and marketplace innovation can help curb piracy from entertainment products.

Of course, everyone's in favor of measures to curb piracy. More to the point, CERTA, representing the leading "middleman" providers of movies and music, have other issues to raise with Congress. But they're being soft-pedaled.

All the members have one thing in common: They view many of the digital-era policies by copyright holders such as the Recording Industry Assn. of America and the Motion Picture Assn. of America as tough or unfair to retailers.

A look at CERTA members tells the tale: the Digital Media Assn., representing webcasters and digital download retailers; the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers, which represents brick-and-mortar record shops; the Video Software Dealers Assn., the trade group for video stores; and the self-explanatory National Assn. of Theater Owners.

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