Protect Creators, Protect Massachusetts’ Economy, Protect Copyright. Say “No” to S 2188 and H 3239.
Protect Massachusetts’ creative economy.
S 2188 and H 3239 are bills that aim to devalue literary works and undercut the royalties available to authors – directly harming their ability to earn a living from their craft.
Anti-copyright forces are working in state legislatures across the country, and especially Massachusetts, to jeopardize intellectual property through dangerous attacks that are unconstitutional.
The U.S. Copyright Act stems directly from the U.S. Constitution and grants authors and creators of all kinds the exclusive rights to their creative expression, including, especially, the right to make it available to the public through a variety of licensing terms and business models. S 2188 and H 3239 undermine this construct and violate the U.S. Copyright Act and Constitution.
Without these copyright protections, the enormous contributions that American authors and creators make to global culture, education, innovation, and a free and open democracy, would be threatened.
Massachusetts legislators: Protect our creative economy and say “NO” to S 2188 and H 3239.
The argument against S 2188 and H 3239.
It Will Hurt Massachusetts’ Creative Economy
Local software industries contribute $28.815 billion to U.S. GDP.
Local music industries contribute $2.9 billion to U.S. GDP.
Local television contributes $17.16 billion to U.S. GDP.
It Will Hurt Massachusetts’s Creative Economy
Local motion picture and television industry support 10,228 direct jobs and 3,421 production-related jobs.
Local software industry supports 129,101 direct jobs and 385,158 jobs in total.
Local music industry supports 44,616 jobs.
Local television supports 33,690 jobs.
Local app economy supports 165,900 jobs in the computing workforce.