Industry Urges Congress to Support Copyright Law

Ruth Vitale Headshot - P 2014
Courtesy of CreativeFuture

Ruth Vitale Headshot - P 2014

Harvey Weinstein, Matthew Weiner are among the more than 1,200 people sending letters.

The industry group CreativeFuture and the Copyright Alliance announced Tuesday they have joined forces to have more than 1,200 of their members send a letter to Congress in support of copyright law, which currently is under review.

“Our copyright system is not perfect,” says the letter, “but, like democracy, it is better than the alternatives. It works. We urge Congress to resist attempts to erode the right of creatives to determine when and how they share their works in the global marketplace.”

Among those who have sent letters are filmmakers and distributors including Harvey Weinstein, John Waters, Taylor Hackford, Chris Meledandri, Marshall Herskovitz, Cassian Elwes and Ron Yerxa.

TV executives who've sent letters include Matthew Weiner, Gavin Polone, Phil Rosenthal, Mark Gordon and Kurt Sutter.

Others who sent letters include union leaders Jay Roth, David White and Matthew Loeb; musician T Bone Burnett; and industry group leaders Jean Prewitt, Keri Putnam and Hawk Koch.

Among key points from the letter:

  • "We embrace the internet as a powerful democratizing force for our world and for creative industries."
  • "We embrace a strong copyright system that rewards creativity and promotes a healthy creative economy."
  • "We assert that copyright promotes and protects free speech."
  • "Copyright should protect creatives from those who would use the internet to undermine ?creativity."
  • "Creatives must be part of the conversation and stand up for creativity."

“There is no ‘left’ or ‘right’ when it comes to respecting copyright,” the letter continues. “The creative community stands united in support of a copyright system that has made … the United States the global leader in the creative arts and the global paradigm for free expression.”

CreativeFuture, headed by executive director Ruth Vitale, a former film industry executive, is a coalition of more than 350 companies and organizations created to promote the value and importance of the intellectual property that comes from the movie, TV, music and book-publishing industries.

The Copyright Alliance is a nonpartisan public interest and educational organization that represents more than 15,000 artists and creators in a number of areas, including members of more than 40 trade organizations, companies and guilds.