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What to Tell Your Senators About the CASE Act

This summer we worked on touching base with Senatorial staff and letting them know why it’s so important for graphic artists to have The CASE Act, S 1273, passed into law. Since travel to Washington for in-person meetings isn’t possible in the age of COVID, we were worried that our ability to advocate on behalf of the bill would be hampered. In fact, the opposite happened.

Typically only our Advocacy Liaison engages in in-person meetings with Members of Congress and staff.* It’s just too expensive to send many people on these trips, and there is often  a limit on the number of people who can attend these meetings. However, with meetings going virtual, none of those constraints are relevant. That meant we were able to schedule three meetings with Senate staffers with Guild board members who were their constituents ­ Crisy Meschieri, James Bratton, and Dawn Mitchell. All three have had experience with having their work stolen by copyright infringers, as well as anecdotes from their colleagues ­ – designers, illustrators, and printshops ­ — who deal with ongoing infringement.

The reception those three received from from the Senatorial staffers confirmed what we’ve known for a while: members of Congress want to hear from their constituents. They also need to hear from us. Members of Congress don’t know how we license our work, what kind of financial pressure we’re under, how we market ourselves online, and why we are so vulnerable to having our work stolen by copyright infringers. Members of Congress need to understand how the bills they are considering will impact their constituents.

That’s where you come in. Despite some good meetings, we haven’t made the progress we need on The CASE Act. We’re down to the wire to get this bill passed this Fall. With Senator Wyden continuing to hold up the bill, we need to keep contacting Senators and ask them to support ­ or co-sponsor S. 1273. We’ve posted the links to the contact pages and social media accounts of the Senators who still haven’t co-sponsored the bill below. Contact them by sending them a note via their contact forms and tag them on Facebook.

Good things to tell your Senators:

  1. Why it’s so crucial for them to support S 1273, The CASE Act
  2. How you as a small business owner (yes, that includes freelancers!) and as a graphic artist, earn a living
  3. Why your work is so vulnerable to copyright infringement and how you need to publish your creative work online to attract new clients
  4. If your work has been stolen, how you discovered it, and what steps you took to try to address it
  5. How necessary copyright is  ­ for licensing your work and for controlling where and how your artwork is used

We’re going to keep pushing for the bill, telling your stories of copyright infringement to convey to Senators why a small copyright claims solution is so necessary. If you have had first-hand experience with copyright infringement, get in touch with us. If you’d like to participate in a meeting with your Senator’s staff, let us know, and we’ll do what we can to set up a constituent meeting with you. After all, you’re our best weapon to get The CASE Act passed.

*With the exception of last year’s road trip to lobby the House for The CASE Act!

You can pull up links to your Senators’ contact forms and social media accounts below. If one or both of your Senators are not listed , that means they are already co-sponsors of the CASE Act (along with Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, the original sponsor).

Alabama

Senator Doug Jones

Senator Richard Shelby

Alaska

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Senator Dan Sullivan

Arizona

Senator Martha McSally

Senator Krysten Sinema

Arkansa

Senator John Boozman

Senator Tom Cotton

California

Senator Kamala Harris

Colorado

Senator Michael Bennet

Senator Cory Gardner

Connecticut

Senator Chris Murphy

Delaware

Senator Tom Carper

Florida

Senator Marco Rubio

Senator Rick Scott

Georgia

Senator Kelly Loeffler

Senator David Perdue

Idaho

Senator Mike Crapo

Senator James E. Risch

Illinois

Senator Tammy Duckworth

Kansas

Senator Jerry Moran

Senator Pat Roberts

Kentucky

Senator Mitch McConnel

Senator Paul Rand

Louisiana

Senator Bill Cassidy

Maine

Senator Susan Collins

Senator Angus King

Maryland

Senator Ben Cardin

Senator Chris Van Hollen

Massachusetts

Senator Edward Markey

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Michigan

Senator Gary Peters

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Minnesota

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Senator Tina Smith

Missouri

Senator Roy Blunt

Senator Josh Hawley

Montana

Senator Steve Daines

Senator Jon Tester

Nebraska

Senator Deb Fischer

Senator Ben Sasse

Nevada

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Senator Jacky Rosen

New Hampshire

Senator Maggie Hassan

New Jersey

Senator Cory Booker

Senator Bob Menendez

New York

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Charles E. Schumer

North Carolina

Senator Richard Burr

North Dakota

Senator John Hoeven

Ohio

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Rob Portman

Oklahoma

Senator James M. Imhofe

Senator James Lankford

Oregon

Senator Jeff Merkley

Senator Ron Wyden

Pennsylvania

Senator Bob Casey

Senator Pat Toomey

Rhode Island

Senator Jack Reed

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

South Carolina

Senator Lindsey Graham

Senator Tim Scott

South Dakota

Senator Mike Rounds

Senator John Thune

Tennessee

Senator Lamar Alexander

Utah

Senator Mike Lee

Senator Mitt Romney

Vermont

Senator Bernie Sanders

Virginia

Senator Tim Kaine

Senator Mark Warner

Washington

Senator Maria Cantwell

Senator Patty Murray

West Virginia

Senator Shelley Moore Capito

Senator Joe Manchin

Wisconsin

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Senator Ron Johnson

Wyoming

Senator John Barrasso

Senator Michael Enzi



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