ACT – The App Association announced today on Capitol Hill – joined by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte – new “best practices” for app companies using creative works to help prevent the theft of those works via mobile apps.
Music is increasingly accessed on smart phones, and far too often, it’s the Wild West when it comes to the proliferation of rogue music apps that confuse consumers. We applaud ACT and its app developer members for their commitment to respecting intellectual property. This is a meaningful step forward and yet another demonstration of the vital role our Internet partners can play in steering fans to legitimate music sources.
Chairman & CEO
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the final text of the Trans-Pacific Parternship (TPP) today, and we look forward to thoughtful discussions in the months ahead. We do, however, take immediate note of the fact that USTR was operating under directions from Congress, and in particular was charged with "ensuring that standards of protection and enforcement keep pace with technological developments, and in particular ensuring that rights holders have the legal and technological means to control the use of their works through the Internet and other global communication media, and to prevent the unauthorized use of their works." Achieving such standards is a key ingredient in expanding digital trade, a core element of which is the content that fuels the Internet.
The TPP text reflects the importance of achieving greater accountability and discipline in the Internet ecosystem, and is critical to sustaining America's creative sector, and American economic competitiveness. Record labels have warmly embraced new technologies for delivering music to consumers around the world, and are optimistic that efficiencies in distribution can deliver tremendous societal benefits. However, market distortions caused by inadequate legislation and enforcement have hampered the development of a thriving digital marketplace. While the TPP may not provide a precise roadmap for realizing the potential of Internet commerce, it certainly moves us in the right direction, and we salute USTR and the negotiators from other TPP parties for their vision and dedication in seeking to make copyright fit for the digital age.
Today we heard of Howard Coble’s passing. Howard was not just a champion for musicians and music, he was a friend. He was truly one of a kind – a man with a gentle heart and a giant sense of humor. He was a gentleman, a scholar and a humorist, all wrapped in a devoted public servant. He approached each day with a joyful heart and a twinkle in his eye. We may all be so lucky. Our prayers go out to his family for this tremendous loss. Rest in peace, Howard.
Senior Executive Vice President