13 music community organizations -- representing a broad range of America’s music industry employees -- recently sent a letter to Google about its joint policy proposal for an open Internet with Verizon. The music groups, which represent songwriters, managers, publishers, record labels, indie artists, music licensers and more, asked Google for details of the proposal as it may relate to content protection and ensuring that the distinction between lawful and unlawful activity is part of any ultimate solution. Read the groups’ letter here.
Industry giants Google and Verizon recently announced what they term a “joint policy proposal for an open Internet.” Our view? We appreciate that Google and Verizon, like the FCC and Congress, recognize that lawful and unlawful content should be treated differently. We look forward to seeing the specifics of the proposal once it is fleshed out, and to actively participating in the legislative and regulatory process to ensure that any ultimate solution permits and encourages ISPs to take measures to deter unlawful activity over their networks, whether copyright infringement, child pornography or other illegal conduct.