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News Release: August 12, 2010
 
Protecting an Open Internet and Intellectual Property

Writers Guild urges FCC to create guidelines to fight online piracy and protect Constitutional rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to preserve an open Internet and address copyright infringement , the Writers Guild of America, West is asking that the agency institute net neutrality by reclassifying broadband transmission under Title II while also creating clear rules that require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to police piracy – but with techniques that do not interfere with lawful content, do not create barriers to entry, and do not disadvantage independent producers as they compete for viewers with huge media companies.

In reply comments filed today regarding the Framework for Broadband Internet Services, the WGAW voices strong concern with the implications to free speech and the right to privacy if the methods suggested by others in the entertainment industry are employed under the guise of network management. 

“We are opposed to all forms of piracy,” said WGAW President John Wells, “But we must find solutions that do not trample on 1st and 4th Amendment rights. We are confident that a free and open Internet, governed by net neutrality principles, can and must coexist with strong copyright enforcement.”

For a full copy of the Guild’s comments, click here.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.