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CFIF Strongly Opposes Senator Ron Wyden's "ACCESS to Sound Recordings" Act

CFIF has long championed greater fairness for recording artists and protection of intellectual property (IP) rights in the music industry.   Among other problems, current law generally protects recording artists' rights for post-1972 songs, but not pre-1972 classics:

. Under byzantine laws, artists receive just compensation whenever their post-1972 recordings are played, but in many cases not for their pre-1972 recordings.  That's an indefensible and arbitrary artifact that has persisted far too long.  Why should Neil Diamond receive payment whenever 'America' is played, but not classics like 'Solitary Man?'

Fortunately, the opportunity to correct that unfairness has arrived.  Even better, legislation to correct the existing flawed system arrives alongside other music legislation…[more]

June 18, 2018 • 11:43 pm

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Home Press Room Center for Individual Freedom Mobilizes Americans Opposed to the Obama Administration’s Title II Internet Power Grab
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Wednesday, May 10 2017

Campaign connects concerned citizens with the FCC to urge abandonment of the regulatory overreach pushed by previous Commission
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) is mobilizing concerned Americans across the country who are opposed to the Obama-era Title II regulations that gave the federal government sweeping regulatory power over the internet.

Through national digital and activist engagement, CFIF is helping to connect Americans with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to call upon the Commissioners to fix the ill-conceived regulations passed on a party-line vote in 2015 under the previous Chairman.

The message concerned Americans are sending to the FCC points out the harms of the Title II approach and supports Chairman Pai’s current plan to repeal the Obama Administration’s power grab.

“The unprecedented regulatory power the Obama Administration imposed on the internet is smothering innovation, damaging the American economy and obstructing job creation.

“I urge the Federal Communications Commission to end the bureaucratic regulatory overreach of the internet known as Title II and restore the bipartisan light-touch regulatory consensus that enabled the internet to flourish for more than 20 years.

“The plan currently under consideration at the FCC to repeal Obama’s Title II power grab is a positive step forward and will help to promote a truly free and open internet for everyone.”

CFIF has long been a vocal opponent of the federal government micromanaging the internet and has actively engaged in past “Net Neutrality” proceedings from 2010 and 2014. CFIF’s long-standing position is that Title II public utility regulations imposed on the internet directly work against innovation, economic growth and individual liberty. 

As CFIF Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs Timothy Lee explained in the Washington Examiner yesterday, “Reducing regulatory uncertainty and government coercion will encourage private innovation and investment, ensuring that consumers enjoy the fruits of that investment and innovation and network jobs continue to flourish as they have for decades.”

Founded in 1998, CFIF is a constitutional and free-market advocacy organization.

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