Mission: The organization's primary purpose is promoting the value of copyright as an agent for individual creativity, job creation and economic growth.
Programs: Rising awareness - the alliance is devoted to raising public awareness about the organization's mission by promoting the organization's "key principles", which include (a)cultural enrichment, (b)promoting the progress of science and creativity, (c)advancing educational programs that teach the value of strong copyright, (d)supporting effective civil and criminal enforcement of copyright laws, (e)defending the rights of creators to control their property, (f)encouraging the inclusion of copyright protections in bilateral, regional and multilateral agreements to foster global development, and (g)protecting the rights of creators to express themselves freely under principles established in the first amendment. This promotion will be done through several channels and activities, including (a)publishing articles and op-ed pieces, (b)arranging press conferences, (c)giving speeches, (d)participating in special events designed to focus the spotlight on the organization's mission. These activities further the organization's mission by increasing public awareness of the contributions of copyright industries and basic issues involved with copyright protection and enforcement.
educating the public and policymakers - the alliance works to educate the public and policymakers about current practices and developments in copyright protection and enforcement. This will be done by (a)sponsoring seminars and other public forums at which policymakers, experts in copyright, and the general public can obtain information and discuss and debate issues concerning copyright protection and enforcement, and (b)providing information (including testimony) to governmental authorities on the status of copyright protection and enforcement and related issues. These activities further the organization's mission because good policy concerning copyright depends on the open and frank exchange of ideas, the focused study of specific problems, and a thorough understanding of how the issues actually play out in the lives of individuals, companies, industries, and national and global economies.
disseminating information - the alliance serves as a resource for information focused on current issues in copyright protection and enforcement. This is done by (a)maintaning a web site that regularly updates its databases to include articles, legal cases, legislative developments, trade agreements, and other matters bearing on the organization's mission, and (b)issuing press releases and holding press conferences designed to highlight issues as they arise. These activities further the organization's mission because they keep attention focused on current and emerging issues, which is important because the scope and nature of the problem is increasing rapidly and continuing to evolve.
research and writing - the alliance collects and analyzes information relating to trends and issues in copyright protection and enforcement. This is done by (a)conducting and commissioning research into current issues and technologies, (b)writing articles analyzing these trends, and (c)publishing the articles in suitable forums. These activities further the organization's mission because they allow the organization to take the initiative in identifying issues and proposing solutions and not solely to be responding to events.
The biographical information for staff members listed on the Copyright Alliance's website in February 2008,* shortly after the organization's founding, show many ties to former U.S. Sen. Don Nickles, (R-OK), his lobbying firm, The Nickles Group LLC, and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Of particular note, the bio for Gayle Osterberg states:
"Gayle most recently served for two years as Vice President of Corporate Communications for the Motion Picture Association of America, the trade association representing the major motion picture studios."
"While at MPAA, Gayle managed the construction of the Alliance in partnership with other founding members."
"Prior to working with MPAA, Gayle was a communications officer and spokesperson for former Senate Assistant Republican Leader Don Nickles for 11 years, . . ."
In addition to the information about the Copyright Alliance's 2008 staff members, Form-990 returns for the MPAA** list the Copyright Alliance's address as: 601 13th Street NW, ste 250 North, Washington DC, 20005; this is the same address as the Nickles Group LLC. The MPAA Form-990 returns reveal that the Copyright Alliance receives a substantial amount of funding from the MPAA.
This evidence leads me to conclude that the Copyright Alliance exists to serve the the MPAA and related corporate interests. The interests of "independent creators" are served only to the extent that they overlap those of the MPAA.