FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2010
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) strongly supports, and continues to advocate for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (“ACTA”) and applauds President Obama’s leadership in pushing for respect and enforceable protection of copyright and intellectual property internationally.
As the trade organization representing American independent music labels, our community of content creators contributes greatly to the rich cultural history — and to the economy, including exports — of the United States. But in order to continue creating diverse, compelling music for fans, the artists who make music and those who invest in them must be able to make a living.
A2IM’s members are local businesses and creators from across the United States, often with fewer resources than the companies that profit from the use of our music without our permission. The failure of governments to provide an integrated and strategic response has resulted in severe harm to our industry in general and to independent labels and artists in particular. It is very difficult to imagine any enforcement regime that does not include international cooperation which is the laudable purpose of ACTA.
As the Irish High Court ruled only last week, “[t]he Internet is only a means of communication. It has not rewritten the legal rules of each nation through which it passes. It is not an amorphous extraterrestrial body with an entitlement to norms that run counter to the fundamental principles of human rights.”
Or to echo the words of President Obama: we must “know that someone else can’t just steal (our) idea and duplicate it with cheaper inputs and labor.” As ACTA negotiations continue, we support the goals of the United States and its trading partners to try to correct the great harms that piracy has wrecked on our industry while at the same time trying to extend the Internet’s great benefits.
A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization serving the Independent music community as a unified voice representing a sector that comprises over 30% of the music industry’s market share in the United States (and almost 40% of SoundScan digital sales). The organization represents the Independents’ interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. A2IM is headquartered in New York City.
The organization’s board of directors is comprised of the following: Concord Music Group President Glen Barros; The Beggars Group CEO Lesley Bleakley; tinyOGRE Entertainment COO Jim Cooperman; Razor & Tie Executive Vice President Dan Hoffman; Alligator Records Founder/President Bruce Iglauer; Roadrunner Records Executive Vice President Douglas Keogh; Bar/None owner Glenn Morrow; Lookout Records co-owner Molly Neuman: Kill Rock Stars President Portia Sabin.
For more information, or to become a member, please visit http://www.a2im.org/ or contact Jennifer Masset (Director Membership Services, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim Mahoney (Vice President, email@example.com) at 212 999 6113.