FAQ

Is my donation tax deductible? Will you provide me with proof of my deduction for the IRS?

We are in the process of getting our 501C3 designation. Please check back soon for updates.


I am not an artist, why should I support the ARC?

The creative industries are one of the largest job creators in the country. We have the largest Media and Entertainment industry worldwide that generates over $500 billion annually. Every year we lose an estimated $50 billion a year on the low end to intellectual property theft. Your support of the Artists Rights Coalition helps us fight to strengthen laws here in the United States that protect our nation’s most valuable resources: our creativity and innovation.


I have my own dedicated legal representation, why should I subsidize the representation of others- especially those who may one day compete with me for work?

 

 In our legal system, every case involving the rights artists hold in their personage and their creations has the ability to set dangerous precedents for generations to come. Access to high quality, affordable representation for every creative individual is essential to shape the course of legal precedents for the industry as a whole. Even representation that may financially benefit one of your competitors, will in the long run, help foster an environment where infringing artistic content costs the infringer more than he/ she will gain through such illegal conduct. As the system stands, piracy is profitable, and rarely prosecuted, so we must all stand together to stop these practices, or we will lose ground in key areas that effect all artists, regardless of their level of success.

 


I am an artist and am interested in supporting ARC through an “in kind” donation of goods or services. Is there a way that I can still contribute?

 Absolutely! These are some of our most meaningful donations, and we appreciate your efforts. We will be holding an annual concert and benefit auction in Santa Barbara, California at a date to be determined. Should you wish to donate visual art for the auction, hosting services for our luncheon, or a live performance for our concert, we are certain that we can find a place for your unique talents. Please reach out to chairperson@artistsrightscoalition.org for more information.


I am an attorney or law firm HR coordinator and I would like to help supply labor for my firm’s Pro Bono and/or reduced rate commitment. Is there any way that I can help?

 The ARC heavily relies on donated attorney hours, as we have minimized the number of paid positions in our organization to maximize the efficacy of our donations. We are headquartered in Oakland, CA and you can volunteer in person, or virtually through an introductory Skype session lead by our General Counsel. Please email chairperson@artistsrightscoalition.org for more information and thank you very much for your interest. 
 

I am a law student interested in entertainment and Intellectual Property law.  Do you offer internships and can you coordinate with my school so that I can receive class credit?

The ARC is a great way to gain exposure to the entertainment industry and the practice of Intellectual Property Law. We currently take on up to 3 interns out of our Oakland, CA office and will begin offering internships Summer of 2016. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so please apply early for the best chance of acceptance. Since different law schools have different credit requirements, our General Counsel will need to speak directly to your law school’s Career Services department or Academic Dean to determine if credit will be awarded. In the alternative, if academic credit is not available, we offer our interns a stipend of $12.00 per hour. All of our internships can be accepted on a full or part time basis depending on academic and other commitments. 
 

How are you different from other legal organizations that support artists?

Many organizations are making wonderful strides in the fight to secure artists rights. At the Artists Rights Coalition, we feel we are filling two important niches where artists are currently under served.

1)    We focus on the digital infringement of artist’s works, and more specifically, working within the framework of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to hold infringers accountable. The onslaught of theft of intellectual property occurring online is in our view, the single greatest threat to the creative community at present. The DMCA allows a safe harbor for both infringers, and third party host sites, and puts the burden on the copyright or trademark holder to police the web for violations of their works. As such, we hope to devote ample resources towards Attorney facilitation of notice and takedown procedures and by doing so, even the playing field for the creative community.  Up until now, it has been nearly impossible for artists without highly compensated, dedicated representation to devote enough time to stem the ever rising tide of online infringement of their works; we hope to change this for the benefit of all artists, not just those who utilize our services, by working within the framework of the existing laws to hold infringers accountable for their wholesale theft of creative content.

2)    For public personalities, there is currently no Federal Right of Publicity, and state’s laws make up a confusing, and incomplete patchwork of protection. Here at the ARC, we seek to streamline and strengthen these protections to stop the unauthorized exploitation of artist’s persona. We seek to secure these rights through effective lobbying to better serve those that live in the public eye as well as their families. This will begin with our organization’s push for a federally recognized Right of Publicity, which will give persons in the public eye more control over the use of their image by third parties who seek to profit from it.