March 6, 2006
As representatives of this nation’s copyright industries, which together comprise an enormous engine of American economic growth and vitality, we are writing to make you aware of Copyright Awareness Week, a public service campaign addressing the importance of copyright and its role in fostering creativity and innovation, access to works of art, entertainment, and scholarship, and continued economic growth and job creation in the United States. The copyright industries—movies, television programming, music and sound recordings, books, magazines, photography, video games and software—contribute more to the American economy than any single manufacturing sector, generating more international revenues than automobiles and auto parts, aircraft, and agriculture, and accounting for more than five percent of the Nation’s GDP.
In the digital age, legitimate access to creative works is easier than it has ever been. Copyright has played a key part in making this possible and will continue to do so as new technologies open new avenues for delivering high quality copyrighted content to consumers. Unfortunately, illegal copying and redistribution of copyrighted works continues to grow and is becoming an accepted practice among too many in our society. There is a clear need for better education about the role of copyright in promoting creative expression and the harmful effects that flow from a disregard for the value of intellectual property. This is why the Copyright Assembly is actively supporting Copyright Awareness Week March 6-10. It is our hope that through this public affairs campaign students will become more appreciative of the efforts of creators and better understand how the laws protecting creative works make what they do possible.
America’s copyright industries invest enormous resources in providing the public with the high quality programming, entertainment, and information products they demand. The ability of the copyright industries to continue to provide this high-quality content is directly dependent upon the ability to be justly compensated for these efforts in order to, in turn, devote those resources to further production of new creative works. To do otherwise threatens the jobs of over the 5 million Americans that depend upon the copyright industries for their livelihood.
We encourage you to help make educators and media in your state aware of this important effort.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ADVERTISING AGENCIES
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS (AFTRA)
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS (ASCAP)
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHERS
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PUBLISHERS
BROADCAST MUSIC, INC. (BMI)
COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS INTERNATIONAL
DEPARTMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO
DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA
ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE ASSOCIATION (ESA)
INDEPENDENT FILM AND TELEVISION ALLIANCE
MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS OF AMERICA
MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS AND SCIENCES, INC.
NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION (NMPA)
PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA
RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD
THE SONGWRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA
SOCIETY OF EVENT PHOTOGRAPHERS
STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP