Dear Member of Parliament,
Today marks a critical day for the UK's creative industries, as the House of Commons will debate the Digital Economy Bill. If passed, the Bill will provide urgently needed support for our creative talent and the businesses which have made the UK one of the leading creative economies in the world.
The digital age and high-speed broadband have brought a host of exciting new services, but what is holding us back is having to compete with illegal file-sharing conducted on a vast scale. The Digital Economy Bill is a sensible approach to tackling online piracy, focusing on education of consumers through notifications
which must include advice to the internet account holder together with information on legal services. Only if technical measures are found to be necessary and are subsequently introduced would they be applied to the accounts of those who repeatedly ignore notifications warning them to stop illegally file-sharing. Of course, as part of this process alleged infringers will have access to a fair, fast and effective appeals process. Surely, this is a much better outcome for consumers and creatives than the current sanction of court actions against individuals for damages?
The UK's creative businesses now contribute economic output of at least £60 billion per annum and account for 1.8 million jobs in the UK; however, according to a report launched this month by TERA Consultants, more than 250,000 jobs could be directly at risk if immediate action is not taken against the huge growth in online
piracy. We must not let this opportunity pass.
Opponents of the Bill have tried to block its progress through a campaign that distorted the truth about the Digital Economy Bill. In reality, however, the Bill is a sensible and much needed response to what has become an unacceptable situation for those whose livelihoods depend on the success of the creative industries.
We need to act now before even more jobs come under threat, which is why we urge you to vote to support the UK's creative industries by voting yes to the Digital Economy Bill.
Members of the Creative Coalition Campaign
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The Creative Coalition Campaign, of which the Writers' Guild is a member, has today placed an advert in The Guardian urging all MPs to support the Digital Economy Bill's Second Reading in the House of Commons.