The "True Origin of Digital Goods Act" aims to protect Florida and beyond from piracy.
The U.S. music industry has another tool in its anti-piracy toolkit. Signed into Florida law Thursday by Governor Rick Scott, the "True Origin of Digital Goods Act" will require owners or operators of websites or online services that offer downloads or streams of music or music videos to "clearly and conspicuously disclose" the person's name, physical address, and telephone number or email address. The law will take effect July 1st.
"True Origin," an addition to Florida's existing consumer protection laws, is ostensibly about making Floridians more informed consumers. In a letter to Governor Scott, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi wrote that the law would allow Floridians "to protect themselves against websites that distribute" music content illegally.
But the law is also intended to help Florida's music business. Cary Sherman, chairman and CEO of the RIAA, wrote in an op-ed in The Tampa Tribune the U.S. Latin market for recorded music has fallen to $109 million last year, from $627 million in 2000. He believes the Latin music labels have been hit the hardest by CD counterfeiting and digital piracy and, as a result, "have been forced to shed hundreds of jobs."