At the IAB Advertising Marketplace Technology event in New York this morning, Randall Rothenberg, president and CEO of IAB, started off by announcing that the IAB's efforts against piracy is
officially White House-backed. In their announcement this morning, the White House wrote, "The Administration strongly supports voluntary efforts by the private sector to reduce infringement and we
welcome the initiative brought forward by the companies to establish industry-wide standards to combat online piracy and counterfeiting by reducing financial incentives associated with infringement.
We believe that this is a positive step and that such efforts can have a significant impact on reducing online piracy and counterfeiting."
RTM Daily spoke briefly with Rothenberg about the
support. Rothenberg said that industry-wide standards were necessary because if everything is too fragmented, it won't be easy - both practically and financially - to keep up.