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3.18.2010

Action Request: Email the White House!


The Obama Administration is asking to hear from you, the creative backbone of our country, about how intellectual property infringement affects your livelihood. The Administration is also seeking advice on what the government could be doing to better protect the rights of artists and creators in our country. Here’s a chance for you to be heard!

Background

Last year President Obama appointed and the U.S. Senate confirmed Victoria Espinel to be the first U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Her job is “to help protect the creativity of the American public” by coordinating with all the federal agencies that fight the infringement of intellectual property, which includes creating and selling counterfeit goods; pirating video games, music, and books; and infringing upon the many other creative works that are produced by artists in this country.

As you know, the unauthorized copying, sale, and distribution of artists’ intellectual property directly impact the ability of artists and creators to control the use of their own creativity, not to mention their ability to receive income they have earned from their labor. This impacts U.S. employment and the economy, and our ability to globally compete.

As required by an Act of Congress (the PRO-IP Act of 2008), Ms. Espinel and her White House team are preparing a Joint Strategic Plan that will include your feedback on the costs and risks that intellectual property infringement has on the American public.

Here’s how to make yourself heard!

  • Send an email to Ms. Espinel and the Obama Administration at intellectualproperty@omb.eop.gov and copy the Copyright Alliance on your email: info@copyrightalliance.org.
  • Begin your letter with “ASMP and the Copyright Alliance have informed me of this welcome invitation from the Obama Administration to share my thoughts on my rights as a creator.”
  • Include in your email: your story, why intellectual property rights are important to you, how piracy and infringement affect you, and what the U.S. government can do to better protect the rights of creative Americans.
  • Also include in your email: your name, city, state, and the fact that you are a photographer.
  • Do not include any personal or private information, as all comments will be posted publicly on the White House website.
All comments must be submitted by Wednesday, March 24 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

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