Help us take on the MPAA and bring an end to Hollywood corporate welfare

ADAPT is a non-profit trade association seeking to improve the conditions of the Visual Effects (VFX) industry. Our organization has been working on a legal effort to help end the current subsidy race for free taxpayer money that is damaging the VFX and Film industries. These subsidies are a form of corporate welfare used by the "Big Six" Hollywood studios (Warner Bros., Disney, Fox, Universal, Paramount, and Sony) to game various governments against each other. These actions have led to a bidding war between governments that cost billions in dollars to unknowing taxpayers for Hollywood productions that go on to make billions of dollars.

This has also heavily distorted the playing field for work in the industry and has injured many of the businesses and the professionals who work behind the scenes. Many businesses have had to close or move to subsidized locations. Many professionals have suffered job loss, cycles of displacement, bankruptcy and foreclosures as they have been forced to chase work around the world. 

We have retained the help of a Washington, DC-based law firm that specializes in international trade to challenge subsidies under the U.S. trade laws, which implement international trade agreements under the World Trade Organization. If the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission agree with us that we have the support of the domestic Visual Effects industry and it is indeed being harmed by international subsidies, a mandatory duty would be levied against producers who utilize these harmful subsidies. This would discipline the use of subsidies and level the playing field. These laws already exist and their implementation is reviewable by courts, such as the U.S. Court of International Trade. No Presidential or Congressional action is needed.

You can read more about our legal findings here.

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