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AFTRA Helps Build New Advocacy Group to Strengthen Copyright System

WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2007)—The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists today joined more than two dozen national organizations representing artists, producers, and distributors as a member of the Copyright Alliance, a new comprehensive education and advocacy group dedicated to a robust copyright system.

”AFTRA members are the people who entertain and inform America,” said Terrie Bjorklund, AFTRA Associate General Counsel, who was selected to serve on the Copyright Alliance board of directors. “By upholding and strengthening copyright law through the education and advocacy work of the Copyright Alliance, AFTRA members, including sound recording artists, broadcasters, and performers, will be enabled and empowered to create new works that enrich American culture and inform our citizens.”

The formation of the Copyright Alliance was announced at a panel discussion on copyright in the digital age featuring Representative Howard Berman (D-CA), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. The panel also included Grammy-winning Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier, Booker T and the MG’s guitarist Steve Cropper, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Tim O’Brien, and renowned folk singer-songwriter Tom Paxton who joined others in exploring the role of copyright in promoting creativity, jobs, and economic growth.

For information about the Copyright Alliance, go to


About AFTRA:

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. More than 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists are moving forward together through AFTRA to protect and improve their jobs, lives, and communities. AFTRA members embrace change in society—from new culture to new technology—and incorporate change in their work and craft. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet, and other digital media. Visit AFTRA at