On March 14, 2017, the Copyright Alliance and CreativeFuture sent an open letter to elected officials expressing the intrinsic need for a strong copyright system that promotes and rewards creativity. The letter has been signed by over 70,000 creators, organizations, and individuals who support a strong copyright system that protects the rights of creators and entrepreneurs.
The letter asserts that freedom of speech and freedom of expression are fundamental to strong intellectual property rights, stating that efforts to diminish the rights of creators in the name of “free speech” are cynical and dishonest. While the letter clearly recognizes that the Internet has launched many creative platforms and has eased the distribution of copyrighted works, it has also been used to harm creativity with acts of online piracy. The letter welcomes enforcement of existing copyright laws and voluntary industry initiatives to help combat online piracy, but unfortunately, some organizations have tried to block these efforts in order to serve their own agendas.
Lastly, the letter states: “The creative community stands united in support of a copyright system that will continue to make the United States the global leader in the creative arts and the global paradigm for free expression.” With core copyright industries adding more than $1.2 trillion in economic activity to the U.S. GDP in 2016, it is clear that a strong copyright system encourages investment and innovation in the economy, ultimately benefiting consumers who value creative content.Copyright protection is a bipartisan issue. Elected officials from both parties should work to preserve the creative economy and diminish online activities that harm creativity.