Thursday, August 9, 2012

Act Now! Contribute to the White House's IP Enforcement Strategy by Friday, August 10

You may recall our previous post about Victoria Espinel and the Federal Government's "open submission" program for shaping it's approach to the enforcement of intellectual property.

Well, the deadline for all submissions is approaching fast and will end tomorrow, Friday, August 10th. It's time to make your voice heard!

Submit your comments here:!submitComment;D=OMB-2012-0004-0002

About the Program
As the White House’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), part of Victoria Espinel's job is to coordinate the many federal agencies that work to stop copyright infringement and counterfeiting. Now she's asking for input from the very people whose lives are most affected by IP policy - the songwriters, composers, musicians, music publishers, producers and other creative professionals whose livelihoods depend on strong copyright protection. That means you! Espinel is seeking public input to help shape a strategic plan for the federal government's IP enforcement efforts. This is a unique opportunity for all artists and creators to advise the White House on which strategies and tactics you feel are most effective.

What You Can Do
Espinel is seeking information on the costs versus the benefits of IP enforcement practices. Here are some themes you might want to touch on in your comments (suggestions courtesy of ASCAP):

Cost of IP theft

What is IP theft costing you as a creator?

Impact on individual creators

How are IP rights important to you as an individual creator?  How does IP enforcement (or lack of enforcement) impact you as an individual creator?  Some like to claim that IP benefits only corporate entities, which is clearly not the case.

Human, creative, free speech rights of creators

What are the benefits of IP enforcement to you as a creator, not just in economic terms, but in terms of human rights, creative rights and the freedom of speech?  For example, some copyright opponents claim that online enforcement stifles free speech.  In fact, lack of enforcement stifles the free speech rights of creators.  How is free speech protected when pirate sites can profit from your work as a creator, but you cannot?

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