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October 3rd, 2008

The House will try to pass the Orphaned Works bill today

“Google” has a new meaning to me: it means to steal art.

FROM THE ILLUSTRATORS’ PARTNERSHIP

According to our sources
THE HOUSE WILL TRY TO PASS THE ORPHAN WORKS BILL TODAY

10.3.08

If this Bill is only meant to help libraries and museums, why did they draft it behind closed doors?

Why have the doors been opened wide for commercial infringement of the work of living authors actively licensing their work?

Why do they want to pass it when nobody’s looking?

Why do they want to re-write copyright law without an open debate?

Stop this effort to give content to Big Internet firms by undermining copyright law.

Get the word out.

· Light up Washington and home offices of your Congressman.
· Contact the media.
· Deny them cover. Do not let them hide.

Tell them we will hold each of them accountable.

THE MESSAGE for your Congressman, Key Leaders, Aides, Media

· The “Dark Archive” – where infringers can register their paperwork in secret – will not protect our copyrights.

· An “Open Archive” – with orphaned work exposed to to the public – would be a come-and-get-it bank for plagiarists and infringers.

· Artists cannot monitor tens or hundreds of thousands of images every day to see if somebody somewhere has infringed their work.

· There are more than a trillion images subject to orphaning each day.

· If someone can’t find me, that doesn’t mean I’ve orphaned my work.

· An unsuccessful search for a property owner should not be a license to steal.

· Artists should not have to digitize their life’s work at their own expense to comply with a law they don’t want or need.

· The high cost compliance would make compliance prohibitive.

· The loss of exclusive rights would undermine contractual agreements with clients.

· We cannot sell exclusive rights to clients if others can publish our work without our knowledge or consent.

· The loss of exclusive rights would devalue our entire inventories of work.

· Small business owners should not be forced to subsidize the business models of Big Internet firms.

· No rational business owner should have to give access to their inventory, metadata, client contact information, etc. to outside business interests.

Tell lawmakers to prevent passage of this bill until it can be subjected to an open, informed and transparent public examination.

Tell them this is no way to re-write copyright law.

Tell them it will affect millions of rights holders worldwide.

Tell them you would support a true orphan works bill, but this is not it.

Tell them to to consider the amendments presented by the Illustrators’ Partnership, Artists Rights Society and Advertising Photographers of America

Phone, fax, email these Congresspeople immediately

DELAHUNT
Phone: (202) 225-3111 Fax (202) 225-5658
Phone: (617) 770-3700 Fax: (617) 770-2984

CONYERS
Phone: (202) 225-5126 Fax: (202) 225-0072
Phone: (313) 961-5670 Fax: (313) 226-2085

NADLER
Phone: (202) 225-5635 Fax: (202) 225-6923
Phone: (212) 367-7350 Fax: (212) 367-7356

BERMAN
Phone: (202) 225-4695 Fax: (202) 225-3196
Phone: (818) 994-7200 Fax: (818) 994-1050

PELOSI AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov
Phone: (202) 225-4965 Fax: (202) 225-8259
Phone: (415) 556-4862 Fax: (415) 861-1670

HOYER
steny.hoyer@mail.house.gov
Phone: (202) 225-4131 Fax: (202) 225-4300
Phone: (301) 474-0119 Fax: (301) 474-4697

YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
To find Washington and District Office phone, fax and web forms for your Representative
http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/dbq/officials/
and enter your zip code

YOUR LOCAL MEDIA
To find the contacts for your Local Media go to
http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/dbq/media/
and enter your zip code

Please post or forward this message immediately to any interested party.

Posted by Todd in Orphaned Works

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