Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Orphan Works Act of 2008

I have pasted text from an e-mail below. It's important for anyone who makes images to stay on top of this legislation. please pass this information on to anyone you think may be affected.

FROM THE ILLUSTRATORS’ PARTNERSHIP

The Orphan Works Act of 2008 will be officially released momentarily.

The language in the draft confirms our warnings. If this bill passes, you’ll be forced to clear all your secondary licensing rights through at least two government certified databases – or risk orphaning your art.

Despite its masquerade as the "last resort" to search for a rights owner, these databases will likely become the only source many users will rely on for finding a rights owner. Reason: it will give users the legal right to infringe any copyright not in the databases.

We’re working with our attorney now to prepare opposition letters.

We have contracted CapWiz, a service that will allow you to send these letters to Congress with a push of the button.

CapWiz will also provide us with "digital stickers" that anyone else - organizations, individual artists, blogs, etc. - can put on their sites that create a direct link to the command center to write their Congressman and Senators to defeat this radical change to U.S. Copyright law

Please stay tuned and we’ll tell you in a day or so what you can do to register your opposition.

For additional background on Orphan Works, go to the IPA Orphan Works Resource Page for Artists

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1 comment:

Mekelle said...

Well said.