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VLA opposes H.R. 683, the Trademark Dilution Revision Act
May 4, 2006 – VLA and others write to express concern about an anti-consumer, anti-speech provision of H.R. 683, the Trademark Dilution Revision Act, which passed the House last spring, and has been returned from the Senate with a few changes and thus must be considered anew in the House. A technical language change threatens to harm consumers as well as artists and other small business owners by making it more difficult to refer to big companies by mentioning their trademarks.
VLA opposes the current New York publication requirement for newly formed limited liability companies (LLCs).
April 26, 2005 – VLA opposes Article I, Section 206 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law because of the adverse consequences this legislation has upon New York State microentrepreneurs, including many arts and entertainment professionals. VLA believes that the publication requirement should be repealed for the benefit of microentrepreneurs.
VLA supports federal legislation creating an Artists Fair Market Value Tax Deduction.
March 26, 2004 – VLA supports the Artist-Museum Partnership Act, which would allow artists to take a fair market value deduction for donating their self-created works to museum, libraries or other charitable institutions. VLA wrote letters to Senator Clinton, Senator Schumer, and Representative Maloney urging them to support this important piece of legislation.