Artists lobby for copyright support

Delegation meets with Office of Public Engagement

NEW YORK -- A delegation of emerging artists organized by the Copyright Alliance's grassroots network sent a letter to the White House Monday asking it to pursue policies supportive of artists' rights.

The letter has been signed by more than 11,000 artists nationwide.

"Copyright, the basic tenet that allows these artists and millions of others like them to earn a living from their work, is increasingly under attack," said Lucinda Dugger, director of outreach initiatives at the Copyright Alliance.

The delegation included Chad Cameron, an illustrator from San Francisco, Jonathan Ifergan, a musician with the band Color Radio from Chicago, and Natalie Neckyfarow, an actress from Charlotte currently working in New York City.

The artists met with key personnel on the arts and technology in the White House Office of Public Engagement.

"These are not multimillionaires stalked by paparazzi," said Copyright Alliance executive director Patrick Ross. "Yet they are achieving success in their own ways, in an environment fostered by creators' rights under copyright law. They are the faces of copyright, a sampling of the more than 11 million Americans who work in copyright-related industries today."

Other signers of the letter include authors, photographers, songwriters, graphic designers, filmmakers, musicians, publishers, Web designers, photojournalists, video game developers, cartoonists, composers, playwrights, voice actors, animators and videographers, among others.