The onslaught of theft of intellectual property occurring online is in our view, the single greatest threat to the creative community at present. The Artists’ Right’s Coalition seeks to help artists in all mediums navigate the shifting sands of copyright law in the digital age.
As the law stands, the onus is on the artist to police the web for violations of their rights and send the host site a “notice and takedown” under the digital Millennium Copyright Act. Without this notice, those infringing on other’s works and the third party sites that host pirated content have a safe harbor from liability. Facing this challenge alone can be extremely daunting and time consuming.
We hope to provide artists with a valuable resource to protect their rights online, and by doing so, discourage both infringers and host sites from proliferating stolen content.