Because Congress Isn't Already Maximalist Enough: New 'Creative Rights' Caucus Forms
from the that's-a-euphemism-for...-maximalism dept
Congress already has an “Anti-Piracy caucus,” a Recording Arts & Sciences caucus and a Songwriters Caucus, but apparently they needed another one. Reps. Howard Coble and Judy Chu have “formed” the “Creative Rights” caucus that appears to not actually be about supporting true creative rights. It is, instead, designed to focus on over-protecting the powers of a small group to hinder the creative rights of many, many people. That’s because it’s all about maximalism and protectionism, rather than encouraging wider creativity:
“American innovation hinges on creativity – it is what allows our kids to dream big and our artists to create works that inspire us all. The jobs that result are thanks entirely to our willingness to foster creative talent, and an environment where it can thrive and prosper.
“Serving that notion is exactly what this new caucus will do, and I’m thrilled to have Congressman Coble as my Co-Chair. He has a long record on supporting greater protections for American ingenuity and intellectual property. I look forward to continuing that work with him on these important issues,” said Rep. Chu.
Note the key line there: “greater protections… for intellectual property.” This isn’t about looking at what is actually driving creativity or protecting wider creative works. “Greater protections” for “intellectual property” means stricter copyright laws that block the creative rights of millions who try to do things like post their own videos online or create mashups and mixtapes. You see, that kind of creativity doesn’t count. It means less fan art and fan fiction.
This isn’t about protecting creators’ rights. This is about ramping up copyright law, to try to prop up an increasingly obsolete business model, while limiting the rights of most creators.