The South by Southwest (SXSW) conference is in full swing down in Austin, Texas, with the extraordinary blend of creative and technical talent that it throws up every year.

As a part of the festivities, the Copyright Alliance has teamed up with creators to throw a party and, at the same time with the #ArtMatters initiative, ensure that Congress understands just how much copyright and art are intertwined.

Showing #ArtMatters in Austin (and Everywhere Else)

The Congressional review of copyright law is an important look at how and why copyright works for creators in the U.S., both artistically and economically. We considered the size and scope of “fair use” earlier this year, with input from prominent creative industry representatives. But to be heard loud and clear, artists of all ages, disciplines and walks of life need to keep Congress aware of just how much art matters to lives and livelihoods.

The Creative Upstarts website offers an easy way to do just that, giving creators and supporters a quick way to upload a short ‘video selfie’ explaining  why #ArtMatters to you. The individual videos will be edited together to create a resounding message to lawmakers. In short, strong copyright laws work and help to protect the work of artists we all know and love.

CA event invite[1][1][1]If you’re down in Austin this week, you can get together with the good folks behind this initiative and lend your voice to the call to Congress. There will be complimentary food and drink, as well as  musical performances from four great bands: The Lonely BiscuitsThe Bones of JR JonesDavid Lowery & Johnny Hickman of Cracker and The Ceremonies.

The event is free to attend but does require registration, so RSVP here and get your name down for what promises to be a fantastic celebration of art and intellectual property!

Event Details:

When: Thursday March 13th, 2014, 5:30-8pm

Where: El Soy La Luna, 600 E. 6th St

(Corner of 6th & Red River)

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