November 11, 2003

Barry Robinson Says “It Wasn’t Me” [6:35 pm]

The Register: Penn State trustee and RIAA lawyer denies conflict of interests, citing PSU’s The Collegian: Trustee member says work for RIAA played no part in deal

Despite recent speculation about a possible conflict of interest, Penn State trustee Barry Robinson said his work with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) played no role in a recent agreement to bring the Napster online music service to Penn State students in the spring.

[...] Robinson said he was notified of the agreement, which provides Napster’s premium service to Penn State students for no cost, 36 hours before it was officially announced Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

He added there is no connection between his work as a trustee and legal counsel for the RIAA.

“I or any other trustee … want to make sure the [university's] broadband capacity is used legally,” he said.

[...] Robinson and Penn State President Graham Spanier serve on the Joint Committee of the Higher Education and Entertainment Communities, a group investigating a legal solution to music piracy. RIAA President Cary Sherman and Motion Picture Association of American President Jack Valenti also serve on the committee.

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