Gibson Guitar Corp. has announced the "Fight For Your Right To Rock!" contests. Participants can submit a video, original song, or logo expressing how the Lacey Act can be made fair. Contributors will have the opportunity to win a customized Gibson USA Les Paul Standard adorned with the winning logo.
On August 24, 2011, agents from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service raided Gibson facilities and seized more than 10,000 guitar fingerboards made from Indian rosewood, along with computers and other records. At issue is the Lacey Act, which was amended in 2008 to prevent trafficking in illegally harvested or illegally exported plants. However, Gibson has complied with Indian law and no concerns have been raised by the Indian government.
"Through this contest we're asking people to lend their voice so that those in power understand that there's true concern," said Gibson Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. "To be clear, we're not looking to abolish the Lacey Act — we're asking that it be amended — that it be made fair and clear."