Music, Movie, and Television Creators Embrace New Business Models, but Cite Growing Threat to Jobs from Copyright Theft
Washington, DC (March 24, 2010) – A wide coalition representing American movie, television and music industry and labor groups today urged the Federal Government to bolster its efforts to protect intellectual property and protect the jobs and wages lost because of content theft.
(March 24, 2010) — The following letter was delivered to President Obama and other members of his administration urging global intellectual property protection in the digital environment. Signers of the letter included SAG, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, MPAA, RIAA, AFM and other entertainment organizations.
President Barack Obama
The President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Los Angeles (March 22, 2010) — The California Legislature Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media held a hearing on Friday regarding legislative efforts to combat digital theft. Entitled “Stemming the Tide of Media Piracy: What is Working? What is Not? What is Left to be Done?” the hearing brought together representatives from SAG, DGA, IATSE, RIAA, MPAA and others to detail the impact of digital theft on the entertainment industry in the form of lost earnings and jobs.
Combating the destructive practice of online theft of copyrighted motion pictures and TV shows is a top priority for Screen Actors Guild.
Illegally downloading or streaming stolen content and/or purchasing illegally made or copied CDs and DVDs poses a considerable threat to the livelihoods and futures of the tens of thousands of actors and others employed by the entertainment industry.
March 8, 2010–David P. White, national executive director of Screen Actors Guild, along with a number of labor allies from various industries, met with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Undersecretary for International Affairs Sandra Polaski today at Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C.
White and various labor leaders met with the Secretary for several hours to discuss a host of labor issues in advance of the upcoming G20 meeting and an international gathering of labor ministers related to the summit.