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Members of the Creative Community Sound the Alarm about FCC Proposal’s Potentially Harmful Impact on Content Creators

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WASHINGTON – A diverse group of creative industry companies, advocacy groups, labor unions, associations, programmers, and individual creators are raising concerns about the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to regulate the set top box market – and its potential impact on copyright and content creators’ ability to be compensated for their work.

In public filings with the agency that will be submitted by the end of today, the American Federation of Musicians, the Copyright Alliance, CreativeFuture, Crossings TV, Directors Guild of America, IATSE, the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), SAG-AFTRA, SoundExchange, VMe TV, as well as individual creators, all raised concerns about the lack of guarantees for copyright holders in the current FCC proposal. Each urged FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to consider the potentially harmful impact on content creators.

The deadline for filing comments with the FCC is Friday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 160,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

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