RIAA Launches Brand New Front Group Pretending To Represent Independent Artists

Sun, 7 Feb 2021 05:20:53 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"A few days ago, a friend asked if I’d ever heard of the “Digital
Creators Coalition,” an apparently new group that claimed to be
representing independent artists. I was unfamiliar with it, and its
website provided basically no information about who was actually behind
it, beyond this vague statement on its “who we are” page:

The Digital Creators Coalition (DCC) is a group of associations,
companies and organizations that represent individual creators,
independent producers, small-and-medium-size enterprises (SMEs), large
businesses, and labor organizations from the American creative
communities. We contribute significantly to U.S. GDP, exports and
employment – collectively employing or representing millions of
American creators, and contributing billions of dollars to the U.S.

Right… but… uh… who? There’s no named staff. There’s nothing that shows
who these associations, companies, and organizations actually are.
Though, if you click through on the website to their “comments” page, it
takes you to two separate letters that were sent nearly a year ago to
negotiators trying to sort out a US-UK trade agreement, asking for the
most extreme versions of copyright possible, including copyright term
extension, secondary liability on websites that host content, no
language on “balance” or “fair use” (yes, they explicitly say neither
term should be mentioned). It’s insanity."

        *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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