Rep. Dan Lundgren's (R-3rd -CA) bill, H.R. 5141, fully repeals Section 9006 of the new health care law that mandates small business owners to file a 1099 form for every business-to-business transaction over $600 a year. This new reporting requirement will wreak havoc on small businesses (like photography studios) by drastically increasing their paperwork burden.
This new reporting requirement has nothing to do with improving health care...it is just another way to raise government revenue on the backs of small-business owners, while forcing them to spend more time on regulatory compliance than on running their businesses.
On Tuesday, September 14th, the Senate voted not to include a repeal of the 1099 reporting requirement in their version of H.R. 5297 - Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. With the Senate's passage of the bill, the House now has an opportunity to make sure a repeal provision is included!
We need 218 members of Congress to sign on to the discharge petition. Contact your congressperson today and urge him/her to sign the petition, so Congress can vote to stop this new paperwork tidal wave. Visit the Contact Congress page now to call, write or e-mail.
In addition to representing members on copyright issues, SAA is a strong advocate on small business issues, primarily relating to health care. Through the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare, SAA advocates health care solutions that meet the needs of small business owners, employees, the self-employed and their families. In previous congressional sessions, SAA has supported various health reform bills, in particular those that would provide trade associations the ability to create insurance pools on behalf of its members.
Stock Artists Alliance joins a new organization to aid in the preservation of digital collections for the benefit of citizens now and in the future.
August 4, 2010—–The Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) is proud to announce
their affiliation as a founding member of the National Digital
Stewardship Alliance (NDSA). NSDA was created in conjunction with
partners of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and
Preservation Program (NDIIPP) to aid in the preservation of digital
collections for the benefit of citizens now and in the future.
Library of Congress is organizing NDSA as an outgrowth of the NDIIPP.
It is truly a collaborative effort among government agencies,
educational institutions, non-profit organizations and business
"During the past several years, the Standardized
Metadata for Stock Photography project made significant contributions
to the NDIIPP network,” stated Lauren Campbell, the Associate Librarian
for Strategic Initiatives Chief Information Officer at the Library of
Congress. “This project determined current metadata practices and
identified problems in metadata preservation; developed
Photometadata.org to educate the SAA membership and other interested
parties about best practices for metadata in the field of photography;
and also conducted outreach activities to promote improved metadata
handling and related preservation practices at SAA education seminars
and imaging conferences."
Those activities have forwarded the
understanding and practices of the digital preservation community as a
whole. With the creation of NDSA and SAA joining as a founding member,
the goal is continue the progress.
In addition to being the
only photographic trade association focused on the business of stock
photography, SAA also created the Photo Metadata Project to promote
industry-wide use of standardized photo metadata in every digital file.
For more information, please visit www.photometadata.org.
urges the U.S. Senate to pass two key tax provisions that will be
beneficial to alleviating the tax burden faced by small business owners
like photographers. As the Senate prepares to debate H.R. 5297 - The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010,
SAA has sent letters of support to the Senate Small Business and
Entrepreneurship Committee leadership and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA),
applauding their efforts to ease some of the challenges faced by many
Tax Provision 1: The Senate’s Version
Landrieu (D-LA), Chairwoman of the Committee and Ranking Member Olympia
Snow (R-ME) have proposed a substitute to H.R. 5297, which includes a
provision (Section 2042) to allow self-employed business owners to
deduct their health care expenses pre-tax for one year. This particular
provision has been introduced on a number of occasions by both the
House and Senate as a permanent change to the tax code.
Currently, self-employed photographers must factor in the cost
of health care into their self-employment tax payments. “The proposed
tax relief is what small business owners need,” says Claire White,
SAA’s executive director. “While Section 2042, allows the deduction for
only one year, it will still make a difference to the self-employed
Tax Provision 2: Senate Amendment 4330
additional provision to this bill has been introduced by Boxer. This
amendment (S.Amdt. 4330) would change the current tax code to allow
business owners to select a standard home office deduction in the
amount of $1,200 rather than using the existing tax criteria to
calculate the deduction.
Like Section 2042, this provision has
also been introduced in previous years as a means of helping home-based
business owners. The inclusion and passage of this provision should
reduce the confusion and worry faced by small business owners when
opting to take advantage of the home office tax deduction.
Make Your Voice Heard!
is anticipated that discussion on this bill will move quickly. As a
result, a vote could happen as early as this week or next. To encourage
your senator to support the passage of this bill, visit Professional
Photographers of America’s Contact Congress page to send an e-mail or letter.
is a strong advocate for the rights of stock photographers, from
copyright to small business issues relating to health care. Through
the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare, SAA
advocates health care solutions that meet the needs of small business
owners, employees, the self-employed and their families. In previous
congressional sessions, SAA has supported various health
reform bills, in particular those that would provide trade associations
the ability to create insurance pools on behalf of its members.
Recently stock image distributors have sent messages to their contributors offering to file to collect reprographic royalties in the United Kingdom from the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS). SAA suggests that contributors would do better to file a claim directly with the DACS website.
DACS is the British visual arts organization which collects and distributes reprographic reproduction royalties for various non-user-specific uses of visual imagery in the UK. DACS distributes royalties to visual artists based on collective licenses for educational uses (including TV and radio), photocopying of books and magazines, and cable retransmissions
The DACS website says the following: "Each year DACS has £3 million [$4.4 million] of royalties to distribute to visual artists whose work has been reproduced in UK books or magazines or on certain television channels. DACS negotiates these royalties on behalf of visual artists. Last year DACS paid out a share of £3 million to 11,628 visual artists.
"Payback royalties come from revenue generated through collective licensing schemes. Collective licensing is used in situations where it would be difficult or near impossible for you as the creator to licence your rights on an individual basis, for example, when an individual wishes to photocopy a page of a book which features your work."
Who can file a claim
Any visual artist whose works have been licensed for qualifying editorial uses in the UK can file for reimbursement. You do not need to be a UK resident or citizen. If you file directly, you can claim royalties for all licenses—direct or through any agency—and you will get 100 percent of the payment. If you allow a distributor to file on your behalf, they will take a percent, and there is no guarantee they will include all usages from past years or from other distributors.
How to make a claim
To make a claim, complete the online claim form providing details of the number of qualifying publications in each category published during any year through the end of 2009. Forms and instructions will be available starting on June 21, at http://payback.dacs.org.uk/ The filing period runs until September 17th 2010.
For a writeup on the process with special notes for Alamy contributors (but with helpful info for all photographers) see the Alamy blog http://j.mp/bd3XGd
NYC Foto Works' 3rd annual Portfolio Review will take place at the Sandbox Studios in New York, October 28th – 30th. This professional networking event allows photographers to meet one-on-one with photo editors, agents, art buyers and gallery owners. Attendees this year will include atttendees include Digitas, Publicis, McCann Erickson, Mother New York, Art & Commerce, Redux Pictures, Contact Press Images, Kristina Snyder, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery, Steve Kasher Gallery, GQ, Esquire, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Men's Health, ESPN and many more. To register, or for more information, go to www.nycfotoworks.com .
Adobe is allowing two uses of SAA's 15% association discount through the end of August so SAA members can save on both Adobe Creative Suite® 5 and Lightroom® 3. Even if you have used your association discount in
the past 90 days, you can receive a second discount code and use it to purchase a new copy or upgrade of Lightroom 3. To use your association discount, go to the AVA Extended Benefits page on StockArtistsAlliance.org .
We know the decision handed down in this case is of great concern to
you. Rest assured that SAA attorneys are actively monitoring the case,
and we’ll keep you informed of any updates as the appeals process
unfolds. We have also been in touch with Corbis and gathered details
about the steps they plan on taking. Below is an update on this case
and its effect on bulk copyright registration.
To Refresh Your Memory…
legal decision of the case referenced an industry-wide process by which
stock photography companies bulk-register photo copyrights with the
U.S. Copyright Office on behalf of their contributors. The ruling
regarding this bulk registration process was a byproduct of an
infringement case between a photographer that Corbis represents, Mr.
Muench, and publishing companies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing
Co. and RR Donnelley & Sons Company. In order to reduce or limit
potential damages against them in an image infringement lawsuit, the
publishing companies argued that Mr. Muench’s photographs aren’t
SAA Attorneys Weigh In…
In reviewing the judge’s opinion in Muench vs. Houghton Mifflin and Donnelley,
the SAA attorneys have indicated that the ruling establishes that any
copyright registrations of compilations protect only the compilation
and not the individual work—particularly when those individual works
are owned by individuals who are not the registrant. The bulk copyright
registration that Muench’s images were included in did not do so,
despite being a process recognized and approved of by the Copyright
For any stock photographer who submitted work to Corbis (or
anyone else who took ownership of the copyright “solely for the purpose
of copyright registration”), the ruling invalidates the registration
made on their behalf in the name of the third party. If you have
contributed images to any stock agency to be registered on your behalf,
please be aware those images are only registered as compiled works if
your name as the creator was omitted from the registration application.
Therefore, based on the court’s ruling, you cannot rely on images
registered in this manner to also be registered to you as an individual
This ruling is unfortunate to say the least for all photographers, especially stock photographers.
would like you to know they are also monitoring the case and intend to
keep contributors informed of any updates or changes to their copyright
registration. They believe the decision regarding the bulk registration
process is incorrect and will be appealed.
Corbis is recommending their contributors wait for the outcome
of the appeal before registering their works. It should be noted that
since February 2009—based on photographers’ requests to make it easier
for them to know the specific registrations that applied to them—Corbis
has registered all images under the name of contributors; therefore,
those registrations are in no way affected by this ruling.
Additionally, Corbis can still license images normally and pursue
infringement cases, even without the copyright registration.
If the process of bulk copyright is deemed to not work after
various appeals, Corbis has offered to handle re-registration,
supplementary filings or whatever process the Copyright Office requires
to ensure photographers’ images are properly registered.
you know, while images have copyright protection at the moment they are
taken, rights holders who have registered that copyright with the
Copyright Office have additional benefits when pursuing infringement,
such as the awarding of statutory damages rather than actual damages,
the awarding of attorney fees and more.
Whether or not they are
registered, your images still have copyright protection. Their
registration status is now dependent on the outcome of the appeal.
Until we know that the Muench decision has been overturned, we
strongly recommend you consult with your stock agencies and inquire
about their bulk registration submissions.
We understand your concerns in this matter. SAA is committed to closely following the appeal and keeping you informed.
To refer to the earlier member alert about the case and bulk registration, please click here.
New York, NY (4/20/10) – A new iPhone application is set to change the way releases are obtained in the photography and filmmaking industries. iD RELEASE, the professionally-designed, easy-to-use application, walks the model through the legal aspects, takes their photograph, obtains digital signatures and emails the completed form(s) as a secure PDF to both model and user.
iD Release’s “Mona Releasa” helps models understand the legalese behind their signatures. She cheerily guides first-time users and models through the application until their release has successfully been filed. “It’s like having a Production Assistant on every shoot,” says co-creator Jay Corbett of Mona Releasa’s accurate, step-by-step guidance.
Designed to be professional in appearance and function—with its clean, modern interface—the app is still easy enough that emerging photographers and filmmakers, as well as any talent, can readily use and navigate the application. To date, iD RELEASE offers four types of releases: model, property, extra and actor. All releases can conveniently be organized by name, location and shoot. A security login feature ensures that all collected information remains private. The app runs in English and Spanish and will soon support nine other international languages.
iD RELEASE incorporates industry-standard releases used by Getty Images, the world’s largest stock photography agency, and all releases have been approved by Getty’s image submission portal. All legal content has the stamp of approval from world-renowned copyright and digital media lawyer Nancy Wolff. And, industry leaders, like the Advertising Photographers of America (APA), have already fully endorsed the innovative and resourceful tool.
“The application will be great for the commercial and stock photography community,” says iD RELEASE co-creator Hans Neleman. “But it is also perfect for the film industry.”
The application is free to download and comes with three free releases. Single releases are available for $0.99, bundles of 15 for $11.99 and a yearly subscription with unlimited releases for $24.99. The app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, is iPad supported and can be downloaded through the iTunes App store. For more information visit www.idrelease.com <http://www.idrelease.com> .
On March 23, the Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) and its allied associations’ board of directors visited with senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill to deliver two messages:
Photographers require strong copyright laws to protect their livelihood.
As small business owners, photographers need access to quality and affordable health care to protect themselves, their families and employees.
SAA regularly voices photographers' concerns on both of these fronts. This advocacy trip to Capitol Hill was an opportunity to give legislators insight on what it means to be a professional photographer in today's world.
"It was refreshing to see how receptive congressional staff was in listening to us explain the daily challenges we face as both photographers and business owners," said Professional Photographers of America President Louis Tonsmeire. (PPA is one of SAA’s allied associations.) "I definitely encourage photographers to personally express comments and concerns with their legislators--about anything from copyright laws to business issues--just as we did. After all, they're on Capitol Hill to work hard for you."
Timing of this visit did coincide with President Obama's signing of H.R. 3590 - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This did not significantly impact our message concerning health care, as the H.R. 4872 - Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the bill that merges both the House and Senate versions of health reform) was not passed by the Senate at that time.
"The timing of was coincidental, but it was good to be on the Hill while the health care discussion unfolded. We were delighted to have our board members on Capitol Hill to witness this process," commented SAA Chief Executive Officer David Trust. "It remains to be seen whether the new legislation will help or hurt small business."
The board's trip was also on the eve of the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator's (OIPEC) final day to submit comments concerning existing IP enforcement mechanisms, the economic impact of copyright infringement, and recommendations for executing their strategic plan. SAA joined its allied organizations in the Alliance of Visual Artists (AVA) and fellow photographic trade association American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) in preparing comments to be received by Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel.
"Having our board members add testimonials about copyright infringement from a real-world perspective adds to the message we normally give on Capitol Hill," said Trust. "It was our firsthand way of showing that copyright infringement is a battle fought across all creative industries."
John Lund "The Stock Photo Guy" conducted an interview with Shannon Fagan to discuss the state of stock photography. Read their discussion on what is taking place between many stock photographers
professionally, and agents alike, during a licensing sea change.
John Lund specializes in shooting stock photos including a mix of funny animal pictures with anthropomorphized pets (including dogs, cats, cows, elephants, monkeys and more), and concept stock photos for business and consumer communications. John's site includes interviews with photographers and leaders in the stock photo community as well as numerous articles on photography, digital imaging, and the stock photo business.
As the health care debate unfolds in the Senate, the Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) and its allied organizations are watching. In a letter sent to the Senate, SAA joined the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Health Care to ask for H.R. 3590 -The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act to be made friendlier to the small business community.
The message being sent is that the combination
of provisions included in the bill are not likely to provide small
businesses with the long-term relief needed to ensure continuous access
to quality and affordable health care.
Your Copyright & Government Affairs staff wanted to keep you updated on some of the provisions in this legislation, so that you can make informed decisions and ensure your voice is heard.
You’ll find an overview and places to go to get more information and take action.
Visit our allied association’s (Professional Photographers of America’s) Contact Congress page to e-mail, call or write your senator. They have provided a sample phone script that you can use (and customize).
As the health care debate unfolds in the Senate, the Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) and its allied organizations tell senators that proposed health care legislation “costs too much and delivers too little.”
In a letter sent to the Senate , SAA joined the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Health Care to ask for H.R. 3950 -The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act to be made friendlier to the small business community. This bill represents a compromise between previously presented reform bills and H.R. 3962 Affordable Health Care for America Act, which was sent to the chamber last month.
The message being sent to the Senate is that the combination of provisions included in the bill are not likely to provide small businesses with the long-term relief needed to ensure continuous access to quality and affordable health care. Key points addressed in the letter include many of the same concerns brought up with the House of Representative’s passage of H.R. 3962:
An employer mandate requires small business owners to offer health coverage to employees or pay potentially hefty penalties.
New reporting requirements for tax purposes are expected to be burdensome and if improperly filed can lead to tax penalties.
There is a lack of affordable health coverage choices despite easier navigation of the health care marketplace.
Senators Invoke Cloture
Despite this expression of concern from the small business community, the Senate moved toward a cloture vote early Monday morning. Getting the requisite 60 votes needed to move the consideration of the bill forward opens up the potential for a vote before the Christmas recess.
The version of the bill that was moved ahead by the cloture vote does include provisions to improve small businesses’ abilities to access and manage health coverage, but it still continues to include measures burdensome to small business owners (as listed above). The improvement provisions include:
Bumping the availability of tax credits up to 2010 from 2011.
Making Small Business Administration Resource Partners eligible to receive “Awareness Grants” that will help business owners navigate exchanges.
Requiring the Government Accountability Office to review the impact of health care exchanges on small businesses’ abilities to access affordable health care and to review the impact of this new policy.
Redefining “full-time employee” status to 390 hours per calendar quarter (originally an average of 30 hours per week) to accommodate industries with high turnover or that are reliant on part-time and seasonal employees.
As the debate unfolds in the upcoming days we will keep you informed and urge you to take action to ensure that your voices are heard on Capitol Hill.
If you want to communicate the importance of having access to affordable, quality health care, visit our allied association’s (Professional Photographers of America’s) Contact Congress page to e-mail, call or write your senator. They have provided a sample phone script that you can use (and customize) to contact your senator today.
In addition to representing members on copyright issues, SAA is a strong advocate on small business issues, primarily relating to health care. Through the Small Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare , SAA advocates health care solutions that meet the needs of small business owners, employees, the self-employed and their families. In previous congressional sessions, SAA has supported various health reform bills, in particular those that would provide trade associations the ability to create insurance pools on behalf of its members.
What does this
mean for you? It means you now have free access to top-notch education,
international networking, a 600-booth tradeshow and parties!
Stock Conference is joining Imaging USA, the longest-running photographic
convention and tradeshow for professional photographers, at Nashville, Tenn., this January. Take advantage of
your free registration and enjoy the following:
freshen your creativity, improve your practical business skills, and turn into
a true, photographic rockstar? These classes offer the right combination, from
sport and event photography needs (SEPCON) to classes on social media, business,
posing, and successful maternity, baby, senior and wedding photography.
Imaging EXPO goes beyond what you might expect from a
photographic tradeshow. It’s not just great deals and new products (in 196 product
categories) that you can see and touch—it also includes live, in-booth demos by
experts. In fact, GraphiStudio Theater dedicates an entire theater-style space
to their demonstrations!
Parties & Special Events
always something to do here. Want more inspiration? In between classes, browse
the 2,300 award-winning images hanging in the International Print Exhibit. Want
to meet more photographers in a relaxed setting? Try on one of the parties on for
miss this chance to meet with fellow SAA members, absorb new tips and ideas,
find new products and services and have fun…all for free (thanks to your free
registration from SAA).
in trimming your hotel costs in half (or more)? Consider sharing your hotel
room with a friend! And don’t worry—if your usual roomies can’t join you this year,
you can still find one by posting a message on the OurPPA Forums on www.PPA.com.
Business Needs Not Addressed in Health Care Bill Passed by House
looks like SAA members may have reason to be concerned about the health care
bill passed by the U.S. House of
Representatives on Saturday, November 7, 2009. The U.S. House passed H.R. 3962, the Affordable
Health Care for America Act. The vote was recorded as 220
yeas to 215 nays, with the majority of congressmen voting along party lines. To
help you better understand what this bill could mean for photographers, SAA has
pulled together some information for you to consider.
While this bill represents the first step towards
addressing affordable health care access for all, there is concern about how it
impacts small business owners, like photographers. The contents of the bill that
are worrisome include:
·An “employer mandate,” which means employers will be
required to offer health care to both full-time and part-time employees.
·A provision requiring employers that do not provide
“qualified” health insurance to pay a payroll tax of up to 8% (percentage is
dependent on payroll size). This payroll tax also applies to employers who
offer coverage, but whose employees elect to participate in the health care
·Increased tax-compliance paperwork to account for
the above payroll taxes and any applicable health care tax credits.
Upon the passage of H.R. 3962, Susan
Eckerly, senior vice president of the National Federation of Independent
Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association, stated: “Small businesses have long
supported reform that provides more affordable and accessible health care
options for them and their workers. Instead of listening to small
businesses, the House passed a bill that will actually make things worse for
small firms. Punishing small employers with employer mandates, payroll taxes
and a new government-run program paid for on the backs of small businesses,
will not fix our broken healthcare system.”
What Will the Senate
Although H.R. 3962 cleared the House, it now faces a new set
of challenges in the Senate. In addition to considering this bill, the Senate
must also weigh two different health care proposals: S. 1679 –Affordable Health Choices Act and S.
1796 – America’s Healthy Future Act.
1679 – the Affordable Health Choices
Act was proposed by the Senate’s Committee on Health, Education,
Labor and Pensions and is the result of the lengthy mark-up that took
place this past summer. A notable provision in this piece of legislation
is one that would allow non-profit organizations (like SAA) to act as a
“gateway” for individuals and small business employers to purchase health
1796 – America’s Healthy Future Act
is legislation put forward by the Senate’s Committee on Finance. Much of
the debate regarding this bill took place upon the Senate’s return from
the August recess. Notable provisions in this bill are the creation of
health coverage exchanges similar to the SHOP Act and targeted benefit categories that can
be offered to small group and individuals seeking coverage in this market.
The hope now is that senators will keep the needs of small
businesses a top priority. Eckerly added that doing so, “begins with enacting
responsible insurance market reforms and increasing competition in the small
group and individual private market by creating an exchange modeled on the SHOP Act.” (The SHOP Act was supported by SAA last
Congress.) Eckerly also stated the importance of being able to purchase
national benefit plans across state lines.
In the Coming Weeks…
covering themselves, their family or employees, photographers should not have
to choose between paying for health care and staying in the industry,” says
David Trust, SAA’s chief executive officer. “We're going to continue to
watch the situation over the next days and weeks, and if we need to mobilize,
we'll send out a notice to all our members.”
If you want to communicate the importance of having access
to affordable, quality health care, visit the Contact
Congress page to e-mail, call or write your representative or senator.
In addition to representing members
on copyright issues, SAA is a strong advocate on small business issues,
primarily relating to health care. Through the Small
Business Coalition for Affordable Healthcare, SAA advocates health care
solutions that meet the needs of small business owners, employees, the
self-employed and their families. In previous congressional sessions, SAA has
supported various health reform bills, in particular those that would provide
trade associations the ability to create insurance pools on behalf of its
Photographers Stand Out in Letter Delivered to White House We asked and you responded! Stock Artists Alliance (SAA) members turned out on behalf of professional photographers to sign The Copyright Alliance's letter asking President Obama and Vice President Biden to pursue policies supportive of artists' rights.
On Monday, November 16, the letter—signed by over 11,000 artists nationwide—was delivered by a select group of artists who met with Kalpen Modi and Greg Nelson, key personnel on technology and the arts in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
"Copyright, the basic tenet that allows these artists and millions of others like them to earn a living from their work, is increasingly under attack,” said the Director of Outreach Initiatives, Lucinda Dugger. “The goal of this effort is to remind our nation's most powerful leaders that creativity and art and entertainment don't just happen. They require investment, hard work and talent."
The delegation included Chad Cameron, an illustrator from San Francisco; Jonathan Ifergan, a musician with the band Color Radio from Chicago; Margot MacDonald, a singer/songwriter from Washington, DC; and Natalie Neckyfarow, an actress from Charlotte currently living and working in New York City.
"Photography is so often overshadowed in the ongoing copyright discussion by the movie and music industry. This letter allowed professional photographers to come out in a huge way, telling the president and vice president that strong copyright laws are important to our industry as well,” said AVA’s Chief Executive Officer David Trust. “It is hard to tell if this letter make a difference. But we know that making a statement as individual creators resonates loudly on Capitol Hill and in the White House.”
Professional photographers feel strongly about their rights…as proven by the thousands of photographer signatures on the letter delivered to the White House. Other signers included authors, songwriters, graphic designers, filmmakers, musicians, publishers, jewelry designers, web designers, illustrators, video game developers, architects, cartoonists, composers, playwrights, voice actors, animators, sculptors, painters and videographers.
"The Obama Administration repeatedly has opened its doors to artists showcasing their talents. We are gratified the Obama Administration has opened the White House doors to creators concerned with copyright infringement and its toll on artists nationwide," Patrick Ross, the Copyright Alliance’s executive director, added.
Complete text of the letter and signatures can be viewed at www.copyrightalliance.org/letter. If you’re interested in signing on, please do. The Copyright Alliance has kept the signature portal open to allow even more creators to speak up for their copyrights.