The RIAA on Friday said it has reached a $200,000 settlement with Nashville-based vinyl manufacturer United Record Pressing. According to the trade group, United was pressing unauthorized recordings f

The RIAA on Friday said it has reached a $200,000 settlement with Nashville-based vinyl manufacturer United Record Pressing. According to the trade group, United was pressing unauthorized recordings for customers. The plant's vinyl equipment was found to contain more than 170 songs whose copyrights had not been cleared.

The RIAA says United has now implemented anti-piracy measures, and has become the first plant certified by the International Recording Media Assn.'s anti-piracy compliance program.

"It's a rather expensive and costly process, but we've done it to protect ourselves and content owners," says United CEO Chris Ashworth. "We do projects for all the major labels, and sometimes folks haven't gotten all the tracks cleared that they should have."

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