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November 8th, 2009

Speak out for the rights of artists, authors, and musicians

If you are a working artist, author, or musician, you owe it to yourself to sign this petition to the President and Vice President.

The letter you will be adding your name to:

We, the undersigned, are just a few of the more than 11 million artists living, working, and creating across the United States. Our work brings significant cultural and economic value to our society – and contributes $1.52 trillion to the nation’s GDP. Yet that value is being disregarded as our rights and incentives to create are increasingly under threat.

Hear us as we speak with one voice about the importance of creators’ rights.

We are the essence of America. Since the founding of our country, our work has provided light in the darkness of conflict, humor in the depths of sadness, beauty in the face of ugliness, and reason in the dysfunction of division.

We serve as the foundation of our communities; you find us in schools, performance halls, libraries, museums, community centers, and movie houses. We enrich our culture with a wide range of creative expression, including music, film, software, video games, writing, photography, graphics, and other visual arts.

We contribute in some way to every single industry in the country. Many of us are self-employed. All of us work hard and pay taxes.

Yet, we are under assault. Our rights to control the distribution, use, and reproduction of our works in our vibrant digital age are dismissed by many who do not understand the value we bring to society. They tell us to work harder, create better, and give our works away. Some think that they should control our works and that they should be able to appropriate, perform, and copy them how they please, without our consent, benefit, or participation.

Our freedom as creators lies in the Constitutional rights we cherish, rights given to us to promote our culture. Without these rights, our ability to pursue our creative dreams and to meet the high expectations of those who benefit from our creative works is significantly diminished. As a result, all Americans will suffer.

Mr. President and Vice President, hear our call. We know you understand the value our creative contributions bring to our society and economy, and we know you can encourage our citizens to respect our rights. Please pursue policies supportive of the rights of artists and the encouragement of our creative efforts. Without the proper respect for our rights and works today, it will become even more difficult for us to create in the future.

Posted by Todd in Art!, Blog Home, Orphaned Works

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3 Responses to “Speak out for the rights of artists, authors, and musicians”

  1. Trejis comics says:

    Greetings master Lockwod.
    This is par menssaje congratulate you and thank you for your beautiful work, I buy your book TRANCICIONES and all my life I’ve been fascinated with his wonderful illustrations. Thanks for being a good influence on artists like myself.
    A hug from emerald land: Colombia. :)

  2. Jared Spurbeck says:

    You know, I think that a proposition like that would be the last thing I’d want to help me make money as a creative writer. I want as many people as possible to be able to read my work, and if anyone else posts my stories on their site or writes stories based on mine it’s a win for me, not a lose.

    I can see how appropriating my work without crediting me for it would be annoying, but I also see a lot of people (mostly on DeviantArt) standing there yelling about it without changing anything. Maybe people are basically nice, and if we make it easier for them to credit us it would help? Or maybe some people will just take anything without caring, and there’s nothing that we can do about it.

    Whatever the case, I’d rather spend my time writing more awesome stories and encouraging people to read/write their own based on mine, instead of working on what I see as futile attempts to close the floodgates that were opened up by the Internet. Because there’s really nothing we can do that wouldn’t make everything more annoying for everyone.

    Sorry about the rant …

    Also, your artwork is amazing. >.>b

  3. SlaughterArt says:

    It would help if they referenced a bill. Otherwise, this could be just another internet rumor meant to cause panic. Also, the president and the vice president aren’t the people you need on your side. We are represented by congress… So it’s always a good idea to make your reps do their job!