You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Industry groups form anti-piracy org

Creative America site to provide info to creative circle

Addressing growing piracy concerns, a dozen industry groups have joined to form Creative America, a nonprofit coalition aimed at fighting theft of copyrighted content.

Org will provide information to the creative community about IP protection through its website Creativeamerica.org and hopes to galvanize support for the Protect IP bill before the U.S. Senate.

Bill, which has drawn opposition from intellectual property and law scholars, would authorize the Justice Dept. to go after foreign websites dedicated to illegally distributing of content to U.S. consumers.

Announcement of the new org comes on the same day that 109 intellectual property scholars sent a letter to Congress strongly opposing the bill.

“Although the problems the act attempts to address — online copyright and trademark infringement — are serious ones presenting new and difficult enforcement challenges, the approach taken in the act has grave constitutional infirmities, potentially dangerous consequences for the stability and security of the Internet’s addressing system and will undermine United States foreign policy and strong support of free expression on the Internet around the world,” the letter stated.

AFTRA, CBS, the DGA, IATSE Intl., NBCUniversal, SAG, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Viacom, Walt Disney, the Motion Picture Assn. of America and Warner Bros. have all backed the formation of Creative America.

In a release, the orgs say 140,000 jobs have been lost due to piracy and that illegitimate websites have tricked consumers into giving up sensitive personal data in order to obtain illegal product.

“The goal of Creative America is to bring together people of diverse skills, talents, interests and backgrounds who care about protecting jobs and creativity in this country,” director Jonathan Mostow said in the statement. “When the movies and TV shows that we create and finance are stolen, there is a ripple effect throughout our business. As revenue is lost, inevitably less money is available for new production.”In a letter to its members in May, the Directors Guild of America stated that “The cost of digital piracy … is conservatively estimated to be worth $75 billion (annually),” according to a February 2011 study by Frontier Economics.

Creative America is the latest in a series of recent high-profile efforts to combat IP theft.

In May, Fox Home Entertainment Intl. launched an antipiracy effort in Russia, including a pricey authentication system for each released disc. Last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York launched Operation in Our Sites in concert with Hollywood to take down websites that offer firstrun movies and TV shows for download.

Senate has not yet set a date to vote on Protect IP.

More Biz

  • Hollywood celebrated the individuals redefining "on-screen

    Media Access Awards Honors Individuals Increasing Representation for Disabilities

    Hollywood celebrated individuals redefining “on-screen representation for the disability community” with the Media Access Awards, in partnership with Easterseals, at the Beverly Hilton Thursday. Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the event, which featured Camryn Manheim, CJ Jones, Coby Bird and “The Peanut Butter Falcon” actors Zack Gottsagen and John Hawkes presenting awards along [...]

  • 'Roxanne' Singer Arizona Zervas Signs With

    'Roxanne' Singer Arizona Zervas Signs With Columbia

    Hotly tipped singer-songwriter Arizona Zervas, whose viral hit “Roxanne” is in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100,  has signed with Columbia, Variety has confirmed. Since the release of the track on Oct. 10, “Roxanne” has reached nearly 50 million streams on Spotify. The single topped Spotify U.S. top tracks chart for an uninterrupted [...]

  • Jax Media at Variety New Leaders

    Jax Media Accepts Variety's Creative Leadership Award at New Leaders Cocktail Party

    This year’s Variety New Leaders event, presented by City National Bank, honored innovative visionaries in entertainment. The cocktail party was hosted on a chilly Thursday night in Lower Manhattan’s Jimmy Rooftop Bar at the James Hotel. Patrick McCarthy, senior VP and head of marketing for City National Bank, kicked off the event highlighting the new [...]

  • taylor swift, scott borchetta and scooter

    Rage Against the Big Machine: What's Driving the Taylor Swift Showdown

    The latest Taylor Swift-Scooter Braun-Scott Borchetta kerfuffle involves the sort of music business minutiae that doesn’t commonly interest the general public — in fact, it’s probably safe to say that untold thousands if not millions of people are suddenly familiar with the concept of re-recording old masters. But in blasting Braun on social media and [...]

  • Redbox

    Redbox Settles Disney Suit, Agrees Not to Sell Download Codes

    Redbox has settled its litigation with Disney, agreeing not to resell codes that allow customers to download movies. Redbox has traditionally offered DVDs for rent through its distinctive kiosks. In October 2017, the company also began offering download codes at a considerable discount compared to the price on iTunes, Amazon or other services. Redbox did [...]

  • Shari Redstone: ViacomCBS 'Can Compete With

    Shari Redstone: ViacomCBS 'Can Compete With the Best of Them'

    Shari Redstone is emphatic: ViacomCBS has plenty of resources and the scale to compete in the new world order for media giants. “We absolutely have enough scale,” Redstone said Friday morning during her Q&A held as part of the Paley Center for Media’s International Council Summit in New York. “We have an incredible library. We [...]

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Denies Big Machine's Claims Over Song Use, 'Millions' in Debt

    In the latest salvo in a rapidly evolving media battle that has evolved over the past 15 hours, Taylor Swift refuted Big Machine Records’ claim that the company did not try to block her from using material from her early albums, which are owned by the label, in forthcoming television specials. Swift had leveled those [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content