Creators' Rights Alliance - Between a rock and a hard place - Introduction
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The Creators’ Rights Alliance (CRA) is an affiliation of organizations, established in October 2000, representing copyright creators and content providers throughout the media, particularly television, radio and the press.

These organizations represent an important section of the UK’s cultural and economic resources. Their members produce the work that is at the heart of the information technology society, and vital to the future of the economy. However, increasingly concentrated corporations which control the media industries confront individual creators with ever more economically and socially unfair and abusive practices.

The CRA is particularly concerned that the interests and rights of its freelance members (who include authors, playwrights, journalists, directors, photographers, composers, songwriters and musicians) are being trampled upon throughout the media sector.[1]  

These abuses are perpetrated not only by the traditional pirates and counterfeiters but also, more significantly, by legitimate businesses: publishers, broadcasting companies, Internet Service Providers, data banks and the like who are undermining the work and livelihoods of the very people who are creators of all the content they wish to exploit.

Not only are these problems economic, but fundamental rights of free expression are also under threat. Unlike the majority of their European counterparts, UK freelance creators are frequently coerced into waiving their moral rights, often irrevocably, to grant unlimited rights to publishers and broadcasters to edit, copy, alter, add to, take from, adapt or translate their contributions.

In commissioning this report, the CRA aims to highlight practices which are not only detrimental to the future of the UK’s economy but are presently devaluing and demoralizing the vast majority of creators and thus discouraging ingenuity, originality and innovation throughout the media.

[1] The CRA, and its members, are also concerned with related issues that face creators, such as moral rights of performers, the rights of actors and performers in relation to audiovisual works, the rights of employed creators and the rights of directors in theatre. However, those issues are being debated elsewhere, or await further action, and are not therefore considered in this report.

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