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.
Creators United Conference
Washington D.C. Fall, 2017
In today’s digital economy content creators are under siege from online piracy, technology start-ups and distribution agreements that place creators at a financial disadvantage. Creators need their own conference to discuss the challenges they face and explore ways they can work together to improve the current situation.
The opposing forces are powerful and unless creators come together in significant numbers and speak out in support of their rights and economic equality, special interest groups representing the opposition will prevail.
The goal of the Creators United Conference is to build consensus and create solidarity that can support legislative reform and demonstrate to the public and elected officials the widespread support that exists within the creative community for copyright reform and economic equality.
Unfortunately, with so much at stake the vast majority of creators have been silent. It appears fewer than five-percent of the members of major organizations representing musicians, songwriters, filmmakers, authors, photographers, etc. have ever participated by signing a petition or sending an e-mail to an elected official. This must change.
Over the past decade creative conferences have become dominated by technology companies. SXSW is a great example of a music conference, now focussed nearly entirely on technology.
This Conference will focus exclusively on Creators and those who represent their interests with the understanding that unless creators come together in agreement on pending legislation, special interest groups representing the internet and digital distribution will destroy what remains of a creators ability to earn living from their work.