05/06/2011 08:26 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
For individual artists, seeing your life’s work duplicated and propagated on the web without your permission or control is devastating; trying to protect your art – especially online – is a daunting challenge.
Creative industry workers often fight a losing battle to maintain distributive control of the product they invested in and depend on to pay their bills. Sorting through tedious copyright laws and coping with the frustrating, whack-a-mole game of DMCA takedown notices can be a full-time job in itself, and artists shouldn’t have to do it alone.
New campaigns are cropping up online to give creators new platforms to unite against the shared threat of digital theft and advocate for policies that benefit those who contribute art and innovation. They give creators the opportunity to share the latest information – all in one place – about the threat of their products being stolen and what can be done to stop it.
Artists Against Digital Theft is one new site for artists created by artists to support artists that’s aim is to arm the creative community with information about how to protect their work, what’s being done at the enforcement and legislative level and what can be done to support efforts to compensate individuals whose high-quality products make them targets for anonymous online thievery. You can’t find a more authentic voice in the fight against copyright theft.
Creative workers are bolstered when they stand together as a community, and we think these types of campaigns are great new ways to do just that.