Congressman Conyers' support of George Clinton's initiatives exceeds one's cursory overview of his interest in music. Mr. Conyers' underlying premise is to promote creative commerce.
Entrepreneurs are artists who create their own jobs. Let's support their efforts in this digital age and beyond.
By this term, "creative commerce" it is meant to be understood as an ancillary economic revitalization mechanism to bring back Detroit. If you cannot find a job, create a tool to make a living.
Detroit, being the international mecca of music, possesses the history of iconic legends who have woven the social fabric of this nation through the needle of the civil rights movement. George Clinton, with deep roots in Detroit, was a founder of the civil rights movement through his expressions of rhythm and support of talent, many who have hailed from Detroit.
The relevance of identifying Mr. Conyers' authority over this subcommittee is because it all pertains to Mr. Clinton's initiatives for the Detroit region.
To begin, the "America Invents Act", better understood as patent reform, was recently signed into law. A significant component of this law was that Mr. Conyers' successfully advocated to have Detroit, announced by President Obama, as the first satellite Patent Office in the history of the nation.
The significance of Detroit being successfully advocated by Mr. Conyers, who chairs the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, to be designated as the first satellite Patent Office is because it is part of his national initiative to animate innovation thought, or as aforementioned as "creative commerce".
The Patent Office lends to the promotion of a Copyright Office in Detroit.
Here is a press release detailing the role of copyright with creative commerce.
(Washington) – As recording artists and songwriters begin to petition to reclaim ownership of their recorded and musical works, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement:
“Copyrights are a tool to be used by creators to earn a living from their work,” Conyers said. “I see copyright and intellectual property law as a system that the Framers of the Constitution created in order to preserve fairness and justice for artists and scientists."
“Today, many musicians are beginning to prepare to reclaim control of their works of art which will have been owned for 35 years by record labels and other copyright owners. This is an exciting moment, for it marks an important step in ensuring that all artists earn livable incomes in a fair marketplace. For too long the work of musicians has been used to create enormous profits for record labels, radio stations and others without fairly distributing those profits to the artists. Piracy in the digital age has unfortunately magnified all of these problems, and the ability for artists to equitably control their works has become even more crucial."
“I look forward to the upcoming months as I hope Congress will pass bipartisan legislation – especially a bill to combat online piracy abroad – that will further protect and promote the arts.”
Creative commerce is a form of economic justice, whereby an individual may create his own tools to sustain a living, provide for the family and leave a legacy. Music is not a unique form of the entrepreneurial spirit, it is the creative vehicle to justice, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Mr. Conyers also sits on the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law has jurisdiction over judicial ethics, bankruptcy law, commercial and administrative law, independent counsel, state taxation on interstate commerce, interstate compacts, and similar relevant matters.
The relevance of this is, come the beginning of 2012, there is a specific provision of the U.S. Copyright Law which shall expire. That tolling of the statute, in short, is the end of a 35 year wait for performance artists to reclaim their copyrighted works. George Clinton just so happens to have dedicated his life to lead the charge to reclaim these copyrights, along with other musicians such as Sheryl Crow, Tony Bennett and Don Henley, to name a few.
In addition to the tolling of the Copyright Law, there are other deficiencies, identified and brought to Mr. Conyers' attention by Mr. Clinton, that being archaic administrative policies which have not kept in stride with the technology of information management. By this it is meant to say that fraud has become a pervasive and aberrant factor which has unraveled the social fabric of the nation.
Simply put, the copyrighted works of the civil rights musical legends of Detroit have been falsely claimed by corporate entities which have left these artists and their families destitute, unable to afford and access health care, to loose their homes and die penniless, all because the Copyright Law is the only area of law which was designed to omit any right to redress grievance of copyright false claims.
Mr. Conyers chairs the Subcommittee on the Constitution has jurisdiction over all matters concerning the United States Constitution, including amendments and constitutional rights. This subcommittee also has jurisdiction over federal civil rights, ethics in government, tort liability, medical malpractice and product liability, and similar relevant matters.
As of May 26, 2011, George Clinton no longer owns Atomic Dog. It was assigned by the U.S. Copyright Office, without notification, without authorization, without verification to Sync2Picture, which now sells his works to the Hollywood film industry. Mr. Clinton does not receive one penny from the sale of his works nor does the Copyright Office provide administrative avenue for termination, revocation or reinstatement of falsely claimed works.
Mr. Conyers is currently working on introducing the "Truth In Copyright Act (TICA), or to be better known as to be the "George Clinton Act", of which there will be an entire album and major motion picture, to be filmed on location in Detroit, on the story on copyright fraud in the music industry.
One key issue, currently Mr. Conyers has placed on the table of international discussions, is the review and revision of the codified definition of "works-for-hire".
Everyone in the world loves Detroit's music, a multi-billion dollar industry which can be effectively exported through digital technology. To have Mr. Clinton choose Detroit to launch his groundbreaking initiative of creative commerce through digital technology, for digital manufacturing is absolutely astounding and beyond belief. This will, in turn, create jobs.
In this same breath, Mr. Conyers' new copyright law shall expand emerging markets within the educational and legal profession. These opportunities will allow writers, producers and performers of music to finally be able to access economic justice through aggressive representation to reclaim their copyrights and to promote their recorded sounds of art via improved quality and effectuation of services within the administration of the United Stated Copyright Office.
Everyone in the world loves Detroit's music, a multi-billion dollar industry which can be effectively exported through digital technology. To have Mr. Clinton choose Detroit to launch his groundbreaking initiative of creative commerce through digital technology, for digital manufacturing, including physical goods manufacturing, is absolutely astounding and beyond belief. This will, in turn, create jobs and bring back the entire region through song and dance.
Being a fan of Mr. Clinton and Mr. Conyers is a full time job.