March 21, 2013
The chairman of the House subcommittee that deals with intellectual property rights and a Democratic representative from Southern California kicked off the inaugural meeting of the Creative Rights Caucus (CRC).
U.S. Reps. Howard Coble (R-NC) and Judy Chu (D-CA) will co-chair the newly-formed, bipartisan caucus.
The CRC was founded to educate members of Congress, their staffs and the general public about the importance of preserving and protecting the rights of the creative community in the United States. American creators rely on Congress to protect their copyrights, First amendment rights, along with property rights.
“According to the North Carolina Film Office,” Rep. Coble stated, “the film industry directly spends more than $300 million in local economies that in turn creates high paying jobs in our state’s film, television and advertising industries. More than 4,000 North Carolinians are professionals in the film industry alone. This caucus is designed to protect and grow those jobs.”
Attending today’s inaugural CRC meeting were representatives of the motion pictures, music and software industries, along with organizations that represent those employed by the creative community.
Co-chairs Coble and Chu told the first meeting of the Creative Rights Caucus that about 30 of their colleagues have joined the group so far. Rep. Coble is chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. Also attending today’s CRC meeting was Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC), who is the Ranking
Member of the subcommittee that Coble chairs. Rep. Chu is also a member of the same subcommittee.