New York, NY - NBC announced it will be expanding its successful
Law and Order franchise with a fifth series called Law and Order:
RIAA which focuses on an elite division of New York police who are
teamed with RIAA lawyers.
Ulrich will star as a gritty New York detective and John Amos will
play the chief RIAA lawyer. "Since most file sharing cases are
civil and only consist of serving subpoenas, we had to take some
liberties much like the RIAA," said creator Dick Wolf.
"Not only will each episode feature a tense tracking and capture
of a copyright violator, but also a performance by the artist being
violated," explained Wolf.
Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, Mitch Bainwol said that he really
enjoyed the pilot episode where a 13-year-old boy who downloaded
an entire 50 Cent album without paying, receives a summary execution
from 50 cent himself. "It's a great combination of 'ripped from
the headline' legal stories and music promotion. I couldn't be more
pleased," said Bainwol.
Another episode features an NYU freshman who rips several tracks
from a CD he owns and burns them in a "mix CD" for his
girlfriend. Country stars Brooks and Dunn help Detective Smoker,
played by Lars Ulrich apprehend the copyright violator.
"In the third episode we've filmed we follow several teens
who purchase music legally from a Sam Goody, but then are beaten
to death and have the music stolen as they exit the store by a band
of music pirates," said Wolf. "Not more than 10 minutes
later those legally purchased CDs are made available to millions
of file sharers."
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