For USA Copyright Holders-Orphan Works Bill

Orphan Works Bill...

Call your Senators and Congress person to ask them to vote no on both the House of

Representatives bill and the Senate bill. Both bills are way too broad and seriously limit an artist's right to protect their own work. Even the House bill, which is being touted as the better bill, puts the onus on the artist to register their images twice, with the Copyright Office and with a newly developed Orphan Works registry, in order to not be considered an Orphan or "abandoned" Work.

You can use the follow web sites to get information to contact you appropriate representative.

http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/

(easy to use template letters automatically sends to your representatives)

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt?action=myreps_form

For more information on the issue please go to:

http://www.apanational.com/i4a/pages/Index.cfm?pageID=3866

(Reasoning against the Orphan Works bill.)

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May 22, 2008

Elenaray

For more information you can read what APA (Advertising Photographers of America) has to say regarding this legislation and the problems it will create for copyright holders:
http://www.apanational.com/i4a/pages/Index.cfm?pageID=3866

May 22, 2008

Kenneystudios

This is the second time something has been posted about this bill. I'm sorry, but you guys are reading it incorrectly. The Orphan Bill protects writers. Orphan Works is any work of art where the author is unknown or untraceable. For contributors here, it will not affect you. Please, do further research into the bill itself rather than going off of someone else's explanation.

May 22, 2008

Irisangel

Thanks Elena, I followed the first link and sent the letters. All of the contributors here should do the same. It took 2 minutes, That's not a lot of time to protect our copyrights.

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