Ready for some cool legal history on the FCC's indecency policies? Well, maybe not cool, exactly. But definitely interesting.
As we've mentioned before, Future of Music Coalition has issued briefs in important court cases regarding the FCC's "vague and arbitrary" indecency policies, arguing that they have a chilling effect on creation and lead to broadcasters shying away from airing worthwhile content for fear of triggering massive fines. For instance, we've heard that many PBS affiliates were afraid to air the original version of Ken Burns' acclaimed documentary The War, for fear that it would result in a punitive response from the FCC. We believe that artists have a right to free speech and expression and that they actually benefit from exposure to challenging and at times even controversial art.
Here’s a good/short read on the Future of Music Coalition’s recent action in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the FCC’s perplexing and wildly inconsistent indecency policy.
As someone who’s been putting together weekly radio shows for getting on 20 years now, the constant wondering if some expletive’s variant exceeds these cryptic “standards” is something I’ve grown quite weary of. (And is perhaps part of the reason I’ve packed up the broadcast version of my radio program for the wild west of the internet.) Here are two popular examples of the bewildering topics I’ve had to consider vis-Ã -vis so-called “indecency” in the broadcast environment… read more
Yesterday, we told you a little bit about FMC's fight for artists' free speech and right to creative expression via a legal brief on the FCC's indecency policy. Well, we're at it again — this time in the form of FCC reply comments to a MusicFIRST petition originally filed with the Commission back in August. read more
Future of Music Coalition (FMC) respectfully submits these Reply Comments in the
above captioned proceeding regarding MusicFIRST?s Petition for a Declaratory Ruling
Regarding the Actions of Certain Radio Broadcasters in Opposition to the Performance
Rights Act.1 FMC has a long history of supporting the passage of legislation that would
establish a public performance right for sound recordings that would ensure that
performers are compensated when their work is played over the air, but more importantly
we are especially troubled by allegations that artists have been threatened with a loss of airplay as a result of their willingness to engage in a public policy debate. We appreciate the Commission?s attention to this important matter.
You probably got the memo that Future of Music Coalition supports artists' access to media technologies (like radio and the internet) and the idea that creative expression has value. But did you know we also stick up for musicians' right to free speech?
WASHINGTON, DC ? Future of Music Coalition and the Center for Creative
Voices in Media filed a brief at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals
today, showing that the Federal Communications Commission?s new
indecency policy has a chilling effect on creativity and expression and
deprives the public of access to protected speech.
"Artists must be free to create and experience the creations of
others," said FMC Executive Director Ann Chaitovitz. "Creators and the
public are the unfortunate victims of the Commission's new policy,
which chills creativity and limits Americans' access to diverse sources
On July 2, FMC and the Center for Creative Voices in Media filed a brief at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that the FCC’s indecency policy has a chilling effect on creativity and expression and deprives the public of access to protected speech. read more
Washington, DC – Rock the Net, a nationwide campaign to prevent legislation that threatens access to legal and diverse online music and media options, received major support in a teleconference yesterday featuring Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, and musician Matt Nathanson, who also headlined a sold-out concert at Seattle’s Crocodile Café the same night. read more