SDMI Executive Director Quitting

Leonard Chiariglione phasing out of job with group working to create standards to fight digital piracy.

The Secure Digital Music Initiative — a music and technology industry group working to create standards that would crack down on digital piracy — will be searching for a new executive director, as Leonard Chiariglione announced his intention to step down Wednesday (January 24).

Chiariglione will phase out of the job over the next few months, because he's taking a position with increased responsibilities at Telecom Italia research division CSLET, according to a spokesperson for the organization. The SDMI is a coalition of record labels, consumer-electronics manufacturers and computer companies trying to agree on technology standards that would make it tougher to obtain or trade software and electronic files.

Chiariglione was instrumental in the formation of the Moving Pictures Expert Group, which created the MP3.