Content Creators Coalition Calls On FTC To Protect Artists And Creative Economy From Dominant Digital Platform Abuses In Filing
[Washington, D.C.] — The Content Creators Coalition (c3) filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission today, as part of the FTC’s Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century proceeding, where the artist-run group calls on the FTC to protect artists and the creative economy from the abuses of the dominant digital platforms including Google, YouTube, and Facebook. In the filing the group stated:
“We in the creative community are in desperate need of help to rein in digital platforms, which dominate our nation’s economy and dictate our personal livelihoods. We are not another large, faceless corporation that can afford daily battles with YouTube, Google and Facebook to remove pirated and unauthorized content; we are a group of independent creators who have virtually no chance of protecting our work and getting due compensation without government intervention.”
“Sharing music and interacting with artists is a huge part of what makes these dominant internet platforms so popular. Their unfair and anti-competitive practices have facilitated their growth into the richest companies in the world in just two decades, while artists struggle for fair compensation and are left to fight the piracy of our work alone. Left to their own devices, these platforms will continue to exercise market control to the detriment of users, business partners, and would-be competitors. We are hopeful that the government finally will help to restore competition and fairness in markets that have for too long been subject to these profit-obsessed platforms’ control — the future of music may very well depend on it.”
Additionally, Freedom from Facebook, a coalition which c3 is a founding member of, filed comments in the proceeding, which can be found here.
The Content Creators Coalition (c3) is an artist-run non-profit advocacy group representing creators in the digital landscape. C3’s work is significant to anyone who creates and makes a living from their creations. c3’s objectives are two-fold: First, economic justice for musicians and music creators in the digital domain. Second, ensuring that the current and future generations of creators retain the rights needed to create and benefit from the use of their work and efforts. C3 has grown into a national organization based on representation, advocacy, and mobilization for sustainable careers in the digital age.