Protecting Creative Content

Ensuring that DGA members are compensated for the work they create and their intellectual property is protected in a digital world is one of the Guild's legislative priorities. The Internet theft of members’ work poses a number of economic and creative threats: (1) it threatens future work opportunities for DGA members as the available financing for films tightens when investments are not recouped; (2) it creates immediate economic loss for DGA members because a significant proportion of their compensation and over 70% of their pension plan is based on the residual revenues earned from the reuse of film and television productions in secondary markets; and (3) it devalues both the individual creativity of our members’ work, and the inestimable impact it has on American, and global, culture.

Mason Kale Coordinator, Public Affairs