Quite a number of people have been wanting to know what’s the latest concerning our efforts to levy anti-subsidy duties on subsidized VFX.
The March in March demonstration was incredibly successful as it continues to yield media interests. I will say that literally every week there has been some media outlet interested in speaking with us. I will post links on my blog as they are released. The media reports help spread word about the legal effort.
Speaking of legal effort, the law firm we are working with, Picard Kentz & Rowe, has been continuing their work on the case. I can’t divulge any details but I can tell you things are going along as planned. The recent decisions concerning the dental case have been a huge win for our effort. The timing couldn’t have been better.
It’s important to know the Scott Ross, Dave Rand, the rest of the ADAPT team, and I have all been working on this effort on a voluntary basis. We all have full-time jobs so we do this work in our free time. We have devoted most of our time working on building ADAPT as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. This involved some in-depth work:
- Creating Articles of Incorporation (Done)
- Creating organization By-laws (sort of done)
- Establishing an IRS number (Done)
- Opening a bank account (In progress)
- Filing legal paperwork (not started)
We need to establish the organization to help attain funding from interested parties to pay the law firm for the work they are doing. We would like to avoid one-shot crowdsourcing campaigns like Indiegogo (the fees are an issue also). Instead we are working on creating the ability for our site to attain funding directly and we hope to do this two ways.
The ADAPT site will allow individuals to join our organization as a member. There will be a membership fee which can be paid monthly or all at once. Anyone with an interest in our effort anywhere in the world can join and supporters will be confidential to the public. The site will also accept donations private donations from anyone also. Those still concerned about concealing their involvement can also mail a check or money order to our organization or even contact me directly if they would like to send funding.
I will be out of the country starting May 9th until May 26th. I’m hoping we’ll have everything in place by June to go wide. We hope to have another VFX BBQ to help encourage enrollment. I’d also be willing to fly up to San Francisco again if time permits. I would love to come to Vancouver and NY if my schedule (and personal money!) permits.