STATEMENT FROM: COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SANDRA AISTARS RE: THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCE REPORT ON COPYRIGHT POLICY IN THE DIGITAL ERA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Copyright Alliance Executive Director Sandra Aistars made the following statement re: The NAS Report "Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy.”

The NAS Report "Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy" makes numerous useful suggestions for research.  It also recognizes that while  “authors can more easily create and distribute works of authorship using digital technologies," the sad reality is that  "they and their distributors have substantially lost the ability to prevent or pursue infringing distribution of copyrighted works."  I am troubled, however, by the single-minded focus on economic measurement in prescribing policy choices for the arts taken in the report.  We have already seen the negative effects of elevating standardized testing and metrics above all else in education policy.  De-humanizing the humanities will lead to policy-making affecting the arts and creativity that is equally unmoored from the true value of what art and culture brings to our society.  I would not welcome a "no author left behind" approach to copyright policy. 

(To download a free .pdf of the report from The National Academies Press, please click HERE)

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