Creative Community Filing with US Department of Commerce

The creative community alliance of artists and other workers, indie and major record companies, music publishers, songwriters and studios filed their joint answer to the US Commerce Department’s Notice of Inquiry on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Internet Economy.  The organizations signing the joint filing are the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM); American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM); American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA); Directors Guild of America (DGA); International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees  (IATSE); Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA); National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA); Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Emphasizing again that we all have to solve this problem together, the joint filing itself is a statement to the government that the creative community is united behind the government’s plan for shutting down rogue websites and calling out those who sustain them:

“The creative community is working hard both to build new business models and to engage in appropriate self-help measures. And some other players in the Internet ecosystem are working with us to support these efforts. Yet too many other players are not doing their part, because the current framework provides the wrong incentives. Even worse, others actively skirt the law, or even seek to undermine the cooperation that is needed.  To change this situation will take a combination of initiatives: continued industry innovation and cooperation; government leadership; consumer education; expanded enforcement resources; continued litigation; and legislative changes. We must start now.”

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