Tuesday, June 19, 2012
In addition to a slew of filmmakers flogging their flicks , a number of grass roots organizations have been plugging their causes at the LA Film Festival over the past few days.
Once a filmgoer approaches the festival grounds site, filmgoers and filmmakers alike are usually pressured into signing a petition, for example.
One of the most worthy organizations making a difference is "creativeamerica".
This organization is trying to unite the entertainment community against content (intellectual property) theft online.
Ultimately, the founders seek to have strong laws and policies implemented to protect American jobs and creativity.
"Together we will speak with once voice and make sure that it is heard," officials have promised the industry.
According to their research, thieves in the U.S. and overseas are profiting by illegally offering stolen movies and TV Shows for downloading and streaming.
Here are the facts:
Well over 500,000 movies are illegally distributed each day worldwide
Websites offering stolen content generate approximately 146 million visits per day and 350 billion visits a year.
Content theft costs the U.S. tens-of-thousands of jobs every year. It has cost $5.5 billion in wages thus far and drains the revenue that residuals, health funds and pension plans depend on.
creativeamerica is asking that you sign their petition and take action in other ways, too.
Visit creativeAmerica.org to hear about the latest updates on the cause, and find ways you can make a difference, too.
Speak out about the threat
Enlighten people about the threat that content theft poses to jobs (after all, we all have something at stake)
Ask Your Representatives and Senators for help
Petition your policitical leaders to support legislation that fights content theft.
Spread the Word
Get the word out to friends, colleagues, co-workers and suppliers through Facebook, Twitter, email, and blogs.
Join the Movement
Sign up at: