The message from Congress on Copyright:
“When it comes to legislation, the issues are too important and the opposition too powerful for you to win as a divided community… If the entertainment industry ( and artists ) are not united you will not be well represented or able to participate adequately in the discussions going on in the halls of Congress….. These discussions are going to happen with or without you.”
Congressman Jerrold Nadler at a music industry luncheon in Los Angeles, the day before the 2015 Grammy Awards.
FarePlay, Advocates for Change:
We see the future of art, music, literature, film, photography and all forms of human creativity in serious peril. U.S. Copyright laws that were intended to protect an artist’s work on the internet are failing them.
Since 2013, when the U.S. Copyright Office officially called on the House Judiciary Committee to review copyright legislation, FarePlay began meeting with the members of the House Judiciary Committee, U.S. Copyright Office, Authors Guild, American Society of Media Photographers, Authors United, Songwriters Guild and others to actively participate in those discussion.
We have published numerous articles about the need for copyright reform in the Huffington Post and on the FarePlay Blog. In 2014 FarePlay, Inc. was granted 501(c)(3) status.
For the past three years we have been pressing lawmakers to make revisions to Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and repair legislation that has failed to protect copyright since 1998.
We are not asking for new legislation. We are asking congress to amend legislation that has failed to accomplish what it was intended to do, protect copyrighted works from criminal abuse.