What the Creative Rights Caucus Means for App Developers

At the Digital Hollywood conference in Los Angeles last week, the nonprofit Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)  held a panel discussion about “Copyright, Content & Congress.”

Amelia Wang, the chief of staff for U.S. Representative Judy Chu, talked about the Creative Rights Caucus initiative that Congresswoman Chu helped create. CCC’s Chris Kenneally asked how the caucus would help creators, and received an app-specific example from Wang. Check it out:

the congresswoman serves on the House IP subcommittee and when the SOPA debate was happening, she was right in the middle of the whole thing. During this debate, she noticed that the voice of the creator, the individual creator, was not heard or understood. So she saw this need to advocate for their rights, specifically. The caucus – basically the core principle is protecting creative rights. The congresswoman also sees an opportunity to stress that creators are where innovation begins. Technology cannot exist without creative works or vice versa. Truly, it’s a symbiotic relationship … Take, for instance, app developers, who basically create in the tech space. With the dramatic growth of this industry, they too have now become increasingly concerned about protecting their IP – intellectual property. At the end of the day, we can all agree that protecting creators’ rights is in the best interest of everyone. It’s of upmost importance. It drives American ingenuity and creates jobs. In the creative sector alone, it creates 5.1 million jobs.

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