Hollywood: Open Net Can't Be Pirate Haven

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The Hollywood studios and some major unions told the FCC Thursday that reclassifiying broadband access as a Title II telecom service is not necessary to achieve the open Internet they also support, and is not a desirable method of achieving that public policy goal.

Whatever the FCC does, they said, must not create an Internet open to piracy and content theft.

But if the commission does go the Title II route, they argued, there needs to be clear, enforceable rules that give broadband-access providers unambiguous guidance on how to design their networks to avoid online theft without fear of running afoul of the FCC's new regs. Without that assurance, they said, the FCC move would likely have a "chilling effect" on the battle against online content theft.

The Motion Picture Association of America, the Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of American, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees collectively made those points in reply comments in the FCC's Title II proposal, due Aug. 12.

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is attempting to clarify the FCC's broadband regulatory authority by reclassifying broadband under some Title II common carrier regs, but the studios and unions say that instead could create "extensive regulatory uncertainty. MPAA and compa ny said that they hoped they would "give the commission pause" in its effort to reclassify.

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