Mountain View, Calif. – Noting that "the current legal
and regulatory regime is not working for America’s creators," thirteen trade
groups representing many factions of the music industry have sent an open
letter to Google (NASD: GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt, seeking more information about the company’s
recent joint proposal with Verizon (NYSE: VZ) regarding an open Internet.
community we represent believes it is vital that any Internet policy initiative
permit and encourage ISPs and other intermediaries to take measures to deter
unlawful activity such as copyright infringement and child pornography,"
reads the letter from groups including the Recording Industry Association of
America (RIAA); performing rights organizations BMI, ASCAP and SESAC; the
National Music Publishers Association (NMPA); American Association of
Independent Music (A2IM); and industry guild the American Federation of
Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
"We are deeply interested in the
details of your proposal as they may relate to the protection of content and to
making sure that the distinction between lawful and unlawful activity has
operational meaning," the letter continues.