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Music Industry Criticized by Federal Trade Commission According to Reuters Americas music companies were labeled the bad boys of the entertainment world on Tuesday in a federal report that said they had not done enough to stop the marketing of violent and lewd songs to children The Federal Trade Commissions follow-up study on the entertainment industry and its marketing practices was in response to a scathing September 2000 report that accused the entire sector of aggressively marketing violent and sexually explicit films video games and music to kids FTC chairman Robert Pitofsky said he was disappointed with the recording industry but that the follow-up report showed the motion picture and electronic game industries had improved since last September and had enhanced self-regulation of their marketing practices Pitofsky said in a statement Unfortunately the music industry response at least so far has been disappointing in its failure to institute positive reforms to its self-regulatory structure Last Septembers FTC report on the entertainment industry was ordered by former President Bill Clinton after the massacre in April 1999 at Columbine High School in Colorado raised new concerns about the effect of violent entertainment on young people The report said all the five major recording companies placed advertising for explicit-content music on television programs and magazines with substantial under-17 audiences The music industry has been attacked for not providing ratings according to age for the sale of recordings with sexually explicit homophobic misogynistic and violent lyrics Grammy Award-winning rapper Eminem has been held up as the poster boy for such lyrics The music industry defended itself against the criticism even before the report was released saying in a statement overnight it was impossible to put age restrictions on music Hillary Rosen president of the Recording Industry Association of America said Music is unique For the same reason that there is no rating system for books the works of musical artists are not rated by age
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