LOSANGELES — The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) are pushing back against a powerful group of Internet service providers (ISPs) that is seeking to invalidate the Federal Communications Commission’s 2015 order protecting an open Internet.
In an amicus brief filed today, the three organizations are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold the FCC’s order and reject the challenge brought by the United States Telecom Association and its industry allies.
The WGAW, Future of Music Coalition and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, in an amicus brief filed on Monday, said that without the FCC’s protection, “the openness that fosters democratic discourse and innovation will give way to oligopoly and corporate control of speech, which are hallmarks of traditional media platforms.”
They said that there was “some irony” in the fact that some plaintiffs have cited the First Amendment in challenging the FCC rules.
The Future of Music Policy Summit is a two-day annual event in Washington DC that brings together musicians and composers, managers and artist advocates, labels, publishers and music societies, tech innovators, legal experts and policymakers to discuss the most pressing issues facing the music business, all centered on the needs of musicians themselves.
Hosted by Future of Music Coalition and Georgetown University, this year’s event takes place on October 26-27. read more
I was not the only person to take issue with this article. Some provided detailed and clear-headed thinking, some less so. I would like to focus on one particular exchange with the Future of Music Coalition (F.M.C.) because it will eventually involve Mr. Johnson, the Times public editor and the magazine editor. This is the passage in the original article that sparks the exchange:
According to the O.E.S., in 1999 there were nearly 53,000 Americans who considered their primary occupation to be that of a musician, a music director or a composter; in 2014, more than 60,000 people were employed writing, singing or playing music. That’s a rise of 15 percent, compared with overall job-market growth during that period of about 6 percent. read more
The story’s thesis and details have been well worked over since it was published. The Future of Music Coalition, an advocacy group for musicians, posted a long response on its site. The article’s author, Steven Johnson, responded in detail, and the group then answered him. The Times’s standards department considered a request for correction and decided against it.