A Campaign to Amend the Lacey Act

Winners Announced!

We had some incredible entries in the Fight For Your Right to Rock contest. Thanks to everyone who entered. A few weeks ago we selected the top enries from all of the submissions and we asked for your votes to determine the winners. Most of the contests went down to the wire and we are now excited to announce the winners in each category. Just click on the Song, Video and Logo contests below for the U.S., Canada and Europe (depending on where you live) to see the winners.

Background: On August 24, 2011, agents from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service raided Gibson’s facilities in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee and seized more than 10,000 guitar fingerboards made from Indian Rosewood along with computers and other records. The US Government claims that Gibson violated the Lacey Act by purchasing and exporting Fingerboards from India. The Lacey Act was amended in 2008 to prevent trafficking in illegally harvested or illegally exported plants and further states that plant materials, like fingerboards, cannot be taken in violation of the laws of another country. Gibson took extra measures to make sure that the fingerboards were legally exportable and even received approval from the Indian Government before purchasing the fingerboards. Gibson has done nothing wrong and firmly believes that the Lacey Act does not give the United States the power to tell another country how to enforce their laws.

In a piece for Huffington Post titled "Repeal the Lacey Act? Hell No, Make It Stronger," Juszkiewicz wrote: "As a lifelong conservationist, I am distressed that our government is using a law as important as the Lacey Act not to fight illegal logging but to enforce protectionist Indian labor statutes. This use of scarce governmental resources does nothing to further the critical environmental effort to halt global deforestation or to protect American jobs."

Gibson is working with relevant authorities to amend the Lacey Act and has become the voice for other small businesses, some of which have faced similar treatment. Gibson wants to continue bringing global awareness to the issues at hand and requests that you help take its efforts to the next level!

There were three ways that fans helped Gibson turn up the volume, spread the word, and Fight For Your Right to Rock. Best of all, participants had the opportunity to win a customized Gibson USA Les Paul Standard ($3,899 MSRP) adorned with the winning logo.
  1. Shoot a video contest - Participants submitted short video clips about amending the act-movies, abstract, reality, animation-we were open to it all! Check out the winners NOW!
    US residents      Canadian residents      European residents

  2. Create an original song contest - We received some excellent and catchy songs about making the Lacey Act fair. Check out these great songs!
    US residents      Canadian residents      European residents

  3. Develop a logo contest - Some dynamic images focused on changing the Lacey Act were sent in to Gibson. Check out the winner!
    US residents

Thanks again from Gibson for all your support.