I’d like to communicate with you a concern we all should share about the damage that Internet theft is causing the entertainment community. Many of you have gotten in touch with me to say that you want to support the fight against Internet theft and have asked: How can I help? Among other avenues, I have mentioned the DGA site ProtectOurWork@dga.org, which is an excellent resource for anyone interested in taking up the cause to protect the content created in our industry.
A new, industry-wide grassroots organization just recently launched called Creative America, supported by our industry’s major unions and guilds, studios, and networks, has launched a website (www.creativeamerica.org)where you can learn more about protecting creative content, sign up, and take action.. Collectively, these key entertainment community stakeholders, speaking with one loud and crystal clear voice through Creative America, will educate people inside and outside of the industry about the critical need to stop digital theft and fight for stronger laws and policies to protect American jobs and creativity. As I said in my last message, the Fund depends on the creative and financial success of our industry members as they produce the content that has made entertainment America’s top export to the rest of the world. Unless that content is properly protected, the very foundation of our industry and the livelihoods of our industry workers are threatened. Creative America is supported by major unions and guilds, studios and networks as part of an unprecedented cross-industry effort to protect its content, its creative opportunities, and its jobs.
Starting right now, you can join many other members of our entertainment community in visiting Creative America (www.creativeamerica.org) to learn more, sign up and take action. At the site, you’ll find facts about the damage caused by online theft that you can share by posting to your social networking sites; links to news articles telling you more about the impact of content theft; and updates on important legislation that can significantly impact the fight against digital theft. You’ll even have the opportunity to send messages to your representatives in Congress in support of legislation like the PROTECT IP Act, which is designed to combat foreign profiteers trafficking in stolen movies, TV shows and other forms of intellectual property by giving law enforcement new authority to take action against these content thieves and the third parties who support them.
I hope you’ll take advantage of this new and exciting opportunity to get involved. With the collective strength of all our voices supporting this movement, it will surely make an impact in Washington, DC that absolutely cannot be ignored.