For every movie or TV show illegally downloaded, an innocent camera person or actor loses his or her job.
That is the message behind Creative America, a group organized to stop digital theft of film and television work. More than two million Americans in 50 states work in the creative industry, from directors to craft services. Those people’s livelihoods are at risk thanks to the ongoing problem of piracy.
This grassroots campaign, announced this week, is backed by labor unions, studios, and television networks. According to Creative America’s figures, websites offering stolen content attract 146 million visits per day and 53 billion visits per year. That adds up to half a million movies illegally distributed each day worldwide.