Federal Issues

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The Government Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) Department of SAG-AFTRA is actively engaged in the support or opposition of legislative and policy matters that impact our membership, including the following: 

Digital Theft - SAG-AFTRA continues to engage and educate Congress, the administration, the media industry and the public on the best ways to combat digital theft.

WIPO Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances - SAG-AFTRA is working with the administration and Congress to effect the ratification of the Beijing Audiovisual Treaty. For more information on the treaty, visit: http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/beijing/

Public Performance Royalties & pre-1972 Sound Recordings - Please see the Fair Play Fair Pay tab to the left for updated information on the historic legislation introduced in April 2015.

Copyright Act - As Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office undergo a thorough review of all aspects of the Copyright Act in 2016, SAG-AFTRA is playing a vital role in shaping the discussions and advocating for the interests of SAG-AFTRA’s membership.

GAPP News & Highlights

SAG-AFTRA has joined with a broad coalition of music industry groups to push for reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which, among other things, governs liability for copyright infringement on the internet. In a filing with the U.S. Copyright Office, the coalition outlined “key failings” of the DMCA, a law that has not kept up with our modern digital economy. These 15 groups represent almost every facet of the music industry. 


In addition to SAG-AFTRA, the coalition includes the American Federation of Musicians; American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; Broadcast Music Inc.; Content Creators Coalition; Global Music Rights; Living Legends Foundation; Music Managers Forum - United States; Nashville Songwriters Association International; National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; National Music Publishers’ Association; Recording Industry Association of America; Rhythm and Blues Foundation; SESAC Holdings Inc.; and SoundExchange. 


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