Copyright coalition polls pols


WASHINGTON -- In an effort to get on the presidential radar screen a copyright industry coalition is sending the candidates of both parties a questionnaire designed to illuminate their positions on issues surrounding intellectual property.

The five-question missive by the Copyright Alliance which includes the major studios, labels, and a couple of the guilds and artists' rights organizations is considered more of an educational document than a way to get campaign promises, said Copyright Alliance executive director Patrick Ross.

An industry that contributes $1.3 trillion to the U.S. economy and 11 million jobs needs to be paid attention to, Ross said.

"We're telling the candidates this is a significant constituency that you need to be aware of," Ross said.