In a letter dated August 18 to Google’s chairman, A2IM joined our fellow music creator community members commending Google and Verizon for spurring dialog about the important issue of maintaining an open Internet, but stated clearly our hope that we can look forward to their support for greater distinction between lawful and unlawful content in future conversations with the FCC, congress and other stakeholders. The letter underscores the value that music brings as a driver for broadband adoption and related applications and articulates that current legal and regulatory efforts are not working for our community as our businesses are being undermined, as are the hopes and dreams of artists. To read the full letter, click HERE.
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Our friends at the Future of Music Coalition have written a point-by-point analysis of the Verizon-Google proposal that we think A2IM members might find informative.
On Monday, August 9, 2010, Verizon and Google released a joint proposal for a legislative framework for broadband internet service. Although the proposal has no legal effect on its own, it is important to understand because it could serve as a model for future legislation or FCC rulemaking. We weighed in yesterday via a short media statement, which you can read here.
Over the past 24 hours, we realized there was a need to go through the proposal point-by-point and examine how the agreement might impact independent musicians and other creators, were it to be adopted as public policy.