Online music piracy topic of Nashville meeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials in the music industry are meeting this week in Nashville to discuss ways to combat online music piracy.

Some 70 people are attending sessions organized by DDEX, Digital Data Exchange, to develop ways for copyright tracking and enforcement and study standards in the digital supply chain.

Attending are representatives of international digital retailers, digital distributors and aggregators, record companies, music rights societies, music publishers and various technical service providers.

The weeklong event is designed to suggest how Nashville industry representatives can make their digital business more efficient, save costs and increase revenues.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, music piracy costs the U.S. economy $12.5 billion annually and is responsible for 70,000 lost jobs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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