Creators’ Letter to Congress

March 10, 2015

Please read this important letter signed by over 1500 creators taking a stand for intellectual property rights.

Originally published by CreatorsAlliance.org

Dear Members of Congress,

We are members of the creative community. While our political views are diverse, as creatives, there are a few core principles on which we can all agree. We appreciate the opportunity to share our views with the 114th Congress.

We embrace the internet as a powerful democratizing force for our world and for creative industries.We recognize its ability to inspire positive change and improve lives. In our creative industries, the internet has helped to advance creativity by removing barriers to entry for newcomers, fostering a dialogue with fans and audiences, and providing numerous additional ways to reach them. The internet holds great potential to expand creativity and free expression.

We embrace a strong copyright system that rewards creativity and promotes a healthy creative economy. The internet is a revolutionary platform that connects the world. The incredible cultural and economic value that it delivers to billions of users is based in very large part on the efforts of creative content makers whose livelihoods depend on being compensated for their efforts. Technology companies are making massive profits from creatives’ contributions to the internet’s growth. It is not too much to ask that content creators should be compensated for the value they bring.

We proudly assert that copyright promotes and protects free speech. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression go hand in hand with the freedom to create and to preserve the value and integrity of what one creates. The copyright clause of the Constitution is not in conflict with the First Amendment. To creative people, self-expression is deeply personal. It is at the heart of everything creatives do. We view any effort to diminish the rights of creatives in the name of “free speech” as cynical and dishonest.

Copyright should protect creatives from those who would use the internet to undermine creativity. The internet can be a great tool for creatives, just as it can be a tool for science, education, health care, and many other disciplines. However, when misused, it can harm creativity and stifle freedom of expression. President Obama, who has consistently advocated for a free and open internet, acknowledged at Stanford last month, “It’s one of the great paradoxes of our time that the very technologies that empower us to do great good can also be used to undermine us and inflict great harm.” Pirate site operators who profit from stolen creative works with impunity are one obvious example of the latter.

Creatives must be part of the conversation and stand up for creativity. Some organizations and advocates, who in many cases are funded by technology companies, repeatedly claim to be pro-creatives and pro-audience to mask their own self-serving agenda. They denigrate or block effective efforts to preserve and promote creative content, including enforcement of existing laws and voluntary industry initiatives. The creative community is rightfully wary of any company or organization that claims to be “against piracy” when their actions do not match their words.

There is no “left” or “right” when it comes to respecting copyright. The creative community stands united in support of a copyright system that has made and continues to make the United States the global leader in the creative arts and the global paradigm for free expression. Our copyright system is not perfect 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.

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute our views.

Chang Aaron Photographer
Diane Aboud Songwriter/Composer
Josh Achziger Musician
Miguel Aguayo Singer/Songwriter and Producer
Joseph Aguilar Artist
Eugenia Ahern Arts Supporter
Thelo Aiken Photographer
Bernardo Alayza Mujica Arts Supporter
Franck Allais Photographer
Louise Albrecht Writer
Susan Alcorn Writer
Anthony Aleman Photographer
Sharon Alex Songwriter/Visual Artist
Todd Alexander Inventor
Steve Allgeier Author/Actor/Songwriter
Matt Allison Recording Engineer
Jo Almeida Musician/Songwriter
Kevin Almonte Photographer/Painter/Writer
Jeff Amberg Photographer
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Matt Anderson Photographer
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Ken Anderson Photographer
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Sally Franzmann Writer
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Lynne Glaeske Musician
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Adam Hamilton Writer
Circe Hamilton Photographer
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Roland Hanneman Composer
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Darrick Hansen Musician/Writer
Trenton Hanson Filmmaker
Scott Hardin Songwriter
Kevin Harkins Photographer
Mary Louise Harris Commercial Photographer
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Craig Harrold Photographer
Rachel Hart Librarian
Terry Hart Musician
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William Hauser Photographer
Pat Haverfield Arts Supporter
Mary Haverfield Illustrator/Author/Painter
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Linda Heath Arts Supporter
Joshua Heffron Illustrator/Painter
Richard Heinlein Writer/Poet
Chris Hellstrom Musician
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Julie Henderson Writer
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Yoel Henriquez Songwriter/Producer
Robert Henry Composer/Performer
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Eric Hernandez Photographer
Scott Herring Industry Software Developer
Katherine Hershey Photographer
William Hewett Songwriter
Michael Higgins Photographer
Dennis Hill Content Creator
Douglas Hill Photographer
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Alec Hirschfeld Cinematographer
Amy Hobish Songwriter
Charles Hochberg Photographer
Martha Hogan Photographer
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David Holmes Songwriter/Actor/Director
Scott Holstein Photographer
Keith Holzman Arts Supporter
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Gary Hook Musician/Photographer
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Martin Horwitz Arts Supporter
Rainer Hosch Photographer
Glenn Howard Songwriter
Stephanie Howard Photographer
Morgan Howarth Photographer
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Molly Huddleston Photographer
David Hufford Author/Poet
David Hughes Music Industry Executive
Gordon Humphries Educator
Gene Hwang Photographer
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Molly Hyman Writer
Randall Hyman Arts Supporter
James Imbrogno Photographer
Harroch Israel Arts Supporter
Rich Iwasaki Photographer
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Marie-Louise Jackson-Miller Arts Supporter
Stephen Jacobs Composer/Arranger/Writer
Quida Jacobs Arts Supporter
Jeffrey Jacobs Photographer
Destry Jaimes Photographer
Roman Jarosz Arts Supporter
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Elizabeth Johnson Music Industry Professional
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Deja Johnson Vocalist/Audio Engineer
Burleigh Johnson Singer/Songwriter/Musician
Jason Jones Photographer
Joan Jones Mixed Media Visual Artist
Christopher Jones Filmmaker
Deborah Jones Commercial Photographer
David Julson-Rieley Songwriter
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Anna Karp Arts Supporter
Dean Kay Songwriter/Music Publisher
Justin Kay Actor/Visual Artist
Laurie Victor Kay Photographer
Charles Kay Jr. Photographer
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Ken Keller Author
Don Kelly Photographer
Thomas Kelly Photographer
Shari Kelts Arts Supporter
Gordon Kennedy Composer of Music/Sculptor/Writer
Liz Kennedy Music Industry Professional
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David Kenny Photographer
Kathleen Keske Opera Singer
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Royal Wade Kimes Country Music Singer
Janice Kirkwood Songwriter
Diana Kliche Arts Supporter
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Don Klumpp Photographer
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