Thanks to the work of NSAI, there is hope for a brighter tomorrow in the world of publishing. If this act gets passed through Congress, we would be looking at a greater revenue stream and ultimately more publishing deals. Please take a couple minutes to:
1. Find your local representative by clicking HERE.
2. Send them this letter:
Dear (Insert your Congressman's name here):
I am a songwriter/composer writing to encourage you to sponsor and support The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261).
Over the past decade, Internet music piracy has decimated the American music industry and wrought particular devastation on the profession of songwriter/composer. As many as 90% of our country’s professional songwriters and composers are no longer able to earn a full-time royalty income for one simple reason – Internet music piracy. Royalties have shrunk dramatically and so have the creative opportunities for songwriters and composers.
The legislation will allow removal of rogue websites whose primary activity is based on piracy. Many of the sites are located in the former Soviet Union and distribute copyrighted material with no compensation whatsoever. In many instances the sites are simply criminal enterprises which operate with no fear of reprisal.
America is losing tens of billions of dollars each year due to Internet piracy of movies, music and other copyrighted American creations. This legislation will help reverse a trend that sees billions of copyrighted files (music, movies, television shows and other copyrighted works) being illegally distributed each month.
The bill also increases criminal penalties for individuals who traffic in counterfeit medicine and military goods, which put innocent civilians and American soldiers at risk. And it improves coordination between IP enforcement agencies in the U.S.
(Insert a personal message or example about how piracy has impacted your career or opportunities if you wish.)
We need your help and support.
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