Protecting Creative Works in the Digital Age

The Congressional Creative Rights Caucus supports the rights of creators and promotes principles of copyright that encourage the continued creation and dissemination of creative works by artists, including in new and innovative ways.  More importantly, the Caucus aims to help the public understand that we cannot judge the entertainment industry by how well famous Hollywood or music stars are doing.  In fact, the majority of people who make up the creative community are everyday Americans who work hard to make a living in the arts.  Protecting the rights of creators will ensure they can flourish and have the ability to give us joy and fulfillment through their works. 

Fair compensation for all artists, across all platforms

Today, there are multiple ways that consumers listen to music, watch movies and TV shows, or read books.  Audiences want their entertainment when they want it and where they want it, which means it is more important than ever to ensure that artists are fairly compensated for their works across all platforms. Most people don’t realize that a songwriter only makes 8 cents for every 1,000 streams of one of their songs.  And most people don’t know that recording artists are not compensated for their works on over-the-air radio play.  The Caucus supports fair compensation for all creators across all platforms.

Online Theft

Online theft of intellectual property costs American businesses $250 billion every year, and robs American workers of more than 750,000 jobs. This problem not only impacts artistic creativity and innovation, it also hurts our economy and impacts the work force that is the backbone of the creative industry.  American workers and individual creators lose $16.3 billion in earnings to copyright infringement every year. This is not a victimless crime, and has real consequences for the real people. 

Search engines play a critical role in leading consumers to websites that offer infringing content. A recent industry study found that search engines refer more than 4 billion visits per year to infringing sites.  And another recent study showed that 432 million unique Internet users worldwide explicitly sought infringing content during one month alone.  As Internet usage continues to grow at a rapid pace, so does Internet-based infringement.  Although some key industry efforts through voluntary agreements have occurred, there is much more that can be done to deter consumers from accessing content on illegal sites and direct them to legitimate sources.  In fact, there are over 90 legitimate services to download or stream movies and television alone, innovation enabled by strong copyright laws.  

Rep. Chu and Rep. Collins Showcase Movie and TV Magic on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Doug Collins (GA-9), co-chairs of the Creative Rights Caucus, collaborated with film and television stakeholders to bring to Capitol Hill the 2nd annual Beyond the Red Carpet – an interactive showcase of the women and men behind-the-scenes of the creative industries. The event featured representatives from popular movies and shows, including Star Wars, Gravity, Goosebumps, House of Cards, and others.

Creative Rights Caucus Hosts Briefing on Creators, IP, and Online Advertising

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Creative Rights Caucus (CRC) hosted a briefing to educate Congress on how online advertising works and the role it can play in supporting creators. Speaking at the briefing were Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Doug Collins (GA-09), co-chairs of the CRC; Scott Cunningham, Vice President of Technology and Ad Operations, Interactive Advertising Bureau; Ruth Vitale, CEO of Creative Future; and Mike Zaneis, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Interactive Advertising Bureau. The participants released the following statements:

Reps. Judy Chu and Howard Coble Highlight Creative Collaboration Between Authors and Publishers

WASHINGTON, DC – The Creative Rights Caucus (CRC), in collaboration with The Association of American Publishers and The Authors Guild, hosted bestselling authors and publishers at the Capitol today to share unique experiences about the collaboration that transforms manuscripts into extraordinary books. As co-chairs of the CRC, Reps. Chu and Coble released the following statement:

ASCAP Reps Talk Music Licensing in the Digital Landscape on Capitol Hill

ASCAP sent their heavy-hitters to Washington, D.C., for a panel discussion on music licensing in today's digital landscape.

The panel, held in the Rayburn Office Building on Nov. 20, was moderated by ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams and included ASCAP executive VP/general counsel Elizabeth Matthews and artist/songwriter/producer Ne-Yo. Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) welcomed the panel.

Debate Stirring Once Again Over Protecting Profitable Intellectual Properties

Intellectual property is big business. Copyright industries added over $1 trillion in value to the U.S. economy in a single year, accounting for almost 6.5% of the total U.S. GDP in 2012. That's according to a new study out from the International Intellectual Property Alliance® (they include that registered trademark symbol just in case you decide to pirate their catchy name).

OPINION: Stop Short-Changing Songwriters

The incomparable Beyoncé appeared at the Verizon Center on July 29 and July 30, and among the songs she performed was one of her latest hits, “Love on Top.” What may be surprising to the crowd is that Beyoncé did not write “Love on Top” entirely on her own. While a talented songwriter in her own right, Beyoncé, like most recording artists, often records and performs songs written in partnership with others.