"I am disturbed by the increasing number of projects which are under, or even un-funded. Because performers keep the arts world going by their love of what they do, with disregard for payment, it is increasingly difficult for people to make ends meet - particularly young people embarking on a difficult profession. Please protect those incomes they have a right to. "Tim Pigott-Smith
- "Musicians should get just rewards for their work" Pete Smith
- "I'ma writer and photographer. It's never been easy to make a decent living; I can cope with that if I can survive and do what I love. But these parasites are making it harder and harder for any of us to make a living at all. Do we really want a world in which only independently wealthy and retired people can afford to devote themselves to creative pursuits?" Jon Sparks
- "Nothing happened before a writer sat down with a blank piece of paper (or computer screen). Plays and songs do not write themselves. These endeavours are what listeners and viewers enjoy, but what writers create and then live on. Please do not deprive them of their careers and their livelihood." Frank Lazarus
- "I am sick & tired of coming across the attitude that because working in the Arts is doing a job that you love, then you don't necessarily deserve to be paid to do it. We are no longer the "Rogues & Vagabonds" of old - we contribute enormously to the economy & to the general well-being of our nation." Rosamund Tomlins
Supporting creativity online
The UK is a world-leading creative hub which supports thousands of jobs and businesses across all areas of the country. The internet is a significant opportunity for creators and industry to capitalise on the outstanding creative talent this country boasts. Both creators and consumers are benefiting from exciting and innovative ways to create, store and access creative content.
However, these opportunities cannot be fully realised while huge amounts of creative content continues to be stolen online. Online copyright infringement threatens jobs, damages revenues and undermines investment in the creative industries. Creators deserve to get paid and investors in creative content are entitled to a fair return.
Preventing online infringement not only benefits creators and workers in the creative industries, it will boost legitimate content services ensuring consumers can be confident of accessing safe, secure, high quality content in a manner that contributes to the creative economy, not detracts from it.
Tackling online copyright infringement successfully requires a combination of different tactics including: using enforcement action to make it harder for sites offering infringing content to operate; educating consumers about the harm caused by online infringement and the availability of legal content services; working with key stakeholders including internet service providers, search engines, advertisers and payment processors to ensure everyone plays their part in a responsible online environment.
We therefore call on the Government and all political parties to support all proportionate measures to tackle the widespread theft of creative content online and to make this support explicit in their 2015 General Election manifestos.
Get in touch with your MP
In order to increase momentum for the campaign we would encourage you to get in touch with your MP letting them know why you support the Creative Coalition Campaign’s Call to Action. Here are some simple tips on how to do this.
- You can find out who your MP is and what their email and postal address is by entering your postcode here.
- Use the subject line ‘Supporting the Creative Coalition Campaign’
- When you contact them, you should explain that you are one of their constituents, that you have signed our petition and that you would like them to support the CCC’s Supporting Creativity Online campaign. You should also ask for their response to the call to action.
- Encourage your MP to contact the CCC at firstname.lastname@example.org
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