When the blog is quiet it usually means I’m busy working with people on the legal effort. There was some remarkable news that broke this week in Variety:
To take the fight to the government, in this case, U.S. trade authorities, Daniel Lay — author of the popular VFX Soldier blog — and others have formed the Assn. of Digital Artists, Professionals and Technicians (Adapt). Their plight has drawn the attention of Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Calif.), who aims to add language to pending tax-incentives legislation. The wording would urge the federal government to impose sanctions, including tariffs, as a way to combat “unfair and illegal competition” from other countries that have hijacked visual effects, music scoring and other post-production work.
Big thanks to Mike Gatto and all of you who collectively worked on this effort. While this is great news it’s important to note that the anti-subsidy duties we are trying to implement do not rely upon the approval of the President, Congress, or any state legislature. That being said this could provide us huge help down the road.
This is a huge step in the right direction. Our law firm represented the shrimping industry that was heavily affected by international subsidies. The state of Louisiana helped contribute funding to that effort. We feel if the state is going to give hundreds of millions in subsidies to the studios who are going to game the offer against other locations, devoting funds to our legal effort that would cost a fraction of a percent of that makes sense. We’ll update you when we can.