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AFL-CIO Members: Digital Theft Hurts U.S. Workers

Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard, AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon, American Federation of Musicians International President Ray Hair, and IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb today asked AFL-CIO members to assist in the fight against digital theft — illegal downloads and streaming — that hurts U.S. workers, jobs, incomes and benefits.


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Joint Statement from AFM, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, IBT and SAG Commending Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of the PROTECT IP Act

Los Angeles (May 26, 2011) – American Federation of Musicians (AFM), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today released the following statement:

"Copyright violations are not protected by the First Amendment" says Constitutional Expert

Filed in: Digital Theft

Noted constitutional expert Floyd Abrams today wrote the Senate Judiciary Committee and firmly declared that there is no First Amendment right to steal creative content and distribute it on the Internet through rogue websites.

Joint Statement from AFTRA, DGA, IATSE and SAG - Commending Legislation to Make Illegal Streaming a Felony

Los Angeles (May 12, 2011) – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today released the following statement:
 

Screen Actors Guild Statement Regarding Digital Theft Investigation

In light of Monday’s news regarding a law enforcement investigation into the illegal uploading of several of this year's award-winning films, Screen Actors Guild has released the following statement:

“Whether it involves a criminal business enterprise or a member of our community, illegal uploading and downloading of copyrighted materials is stealing, pure and simple.

Senator Takes Notice of Digital Theft Video

Two Oregonians concerned with digital theft are hoping to get some “leverage” with the senator who has blocked a bill that would authorize the government to shut down websites that traffic stolen digital or physical goods.

Aaron Ward and his wife Rachel Lipsey, who provide craft services for the TNT TV series Leverage, recorded a video appealing directly to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Wyden last year stopped the controversial Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act from going to vote in the Senate, effectively killing it.

Joint Statement from SAG, AFTRA, DGA and IATSE At Congressional Press Conference to Discuss Harm of Internet Theft

Los Angeles (April 4, 2011) – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Directors Guild of America (DGA), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) today released the following statement:

Joint Statement Regarding "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act"

LOS ANGELES – Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild of America, and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE) today released the following statement: