From independent artists to entire production teams, creators find that their digital work spreads like wildfire on the internet. It appears in many unauthorized places and especially on websites which exist only to sell or distribute others’ work. This type of copyright infringement is quite clearly digital theft.
Now is the time to put a stop to all this. Now is the time to do something. Join other artists and creators in uniting against digital theft. You are not alone in the wilderness.
Who is affected by digital theft? Everyone.
The wildlife artist and other visual and graphic artists
who spend years perfecting their skills, researching their subjects and creating works of visual art only to find them distributed without their authorization, or stamped on counterfeit goods without a license.
The composer who wrote and arranged the music your church choir is practicing for Sunday services.
The romance novelist who supports her kids by publishing ebooks and sells them for less than the cost of a fast food combo meal.
The software developer who wrote a computer program that enables you to help your elderly parents make healthcare decisions or keeps you in touch with your kids’ teachers.
The electrician and other skilled workers whose retirement is funded by royalty and other “back end” payments from the sale of DVDs of the movie they worked on.
The 152,000 professional photographers across America, each of whom employ a handful of people in their businesses, and who on average make less than the median household income in the U.S.
The members of a local up and coming band, who work day jobs in order to invest in original music projects, and face huge barriers to entry in distributing their music because online consumers have become conditioned to getting work from artists for free.
Many other artists and creators like them, and all of the individuals and businesses these creators employ.
And all of us who love the works they create.