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AFM Comments To The FCC Regarding Network Neutrality April 21, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada submitted comments on April 9, 2010 to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pertaining to the FCC proceeding to establish rules for an open Internet (network neutrality). The AFM stated that protecting an open Internet while providing protection for copyrighted content should be the end result of the FCC proceeding. The AFM called on the FCC to work with stakeholders to create best practices for ensuring network neutrality and protecting copyrighted content.

“An open Internet is critical to musicians,” states AFM International President Thomas F. Lee, “All types of musicians, from artists with established careers to those just getting started, use the Internet to get their music to fans, whether through iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, YouTube, MySpace, or any other website that allows music to be sold or streamed. Ensuring that the Internet remains open, neutral, and free is necessary to guarantee that musicians can make a living playing music.”

However, supporting network neutrality does not mean that Internet piracy should be ignored or tolerated. The AFM agrees with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, when he stated, on September 21, 2009, that “[t]he enforcement of copyright and other laws and the obligations of network openness can and must co-exist.” The AFM’s comments urge the FCC to write regulations that keep the Internet open, that promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and that protect copyrighted content.

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