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Thread: Orphan Works Legislation - Please act now to help protect visual artists

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    Video by professional photographer Kirk Mastin on Orphan Works:

    http://kirkmastin.blogspot.com/2008/...ry-lessig.html

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    Last Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed their Orphan Works
    Act. It is now headed for the full Senate.

    If you've written before, now's the time to write again. Urge your senator to oppose this bill.

    Because it has been negotiated behind closed doors, introduced on short notice and fast-tracked for imminent passage without open hearings, ask that this bill not be passed until it can be exposed to an open, informed and transparent public debate.

    There is a special letter for this purpose. You can deep link to it here:

    http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartne...ertid=11389061

    Contact your Senator in opposition to S.2913 NOW.


    The House Judiciary Committee is considering H.R. 5889, the companion bill
    now. Please write them again:


    http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartne...ertid=11389081

    Contact your Congressman in opposition to H.R. 5889 NOW



    2 minutes is all it takes to write your senator and representatives and
    fight for your and evryone's copyrights. Over 68,000 e-mail messages have been sent so
    far.

    Don't Let Congress Orphan Your Work

    Please forward this message to every artist and photographer you know.


    WildBill

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    [HTML]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqBZd0cP5Yc[/HTML]

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    Letters have been sent.

    Thank you for keeping us up to date.

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    I just got this letter from Rep. Bonner Stiller

    Thank you for your e-mail regarding SB 954. On the Senate vote, all the
    R's voted no and all the D's voted yes.

    I'm not sure if we will see this during the short session, but if so, I
    will listen to the debate carefully.

    Thank you again for your e-mail.
    Bonner Stiller

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    This is what hotlining is:

    "Senate conservatives are upset that the leaders of both parties in the chamber have in recent years increasingly used a practice known as “hotlining” bills — previously used to quickly move noncontroversial bills or simple procedural motions — to pass complex and often costly legislation, in some cases with little or no public debate.

    The increase was particularly noticeable just before the August recess, when leaders hotlined more than 150 bills, totaling millions of dollars in new spending, in a period of less than a week.

    The practice has led to complaints from Members and watchdog groups alike that lawmakers are essentially signing off on legislation neither they nor their staff have ever read, often resulting in millions of dollars in new spending.

    In order for a bill to be hotlined, the Senate Majority Leader and Minority Leader must agree to pass it by unanimous consent, without a roll-call vote. The two leaders then inform Members of this agreement using special hotlines installed in each office and give Members a specified amount of time to object — in some cases as little as 15 minutes. If no objection is registered, the bill is passed."

    My wife and many other illustrators and artists were in Washington DC this week meeting with their Senators and representatives. She was sooo so totally frustrated. The folks at Lieberman's and Dodd's offices seemed genuinely concerned, but said there there was nothing they could do about it - they didn't want to bet the ones to stand against it.

    She and several other folks also met with the advisors for Patrick Leahy and for Orrin Hatch yesterday. My wife said "it's a whole other world down there..." and it seems like an impossible battle.

    This thing now needs to be stopped.

    Big business (can we say...Go0g#e.... and Micr2s*ft....) that stand to make a ton of money off the backs of artists are behind this thing - that's one reason why they intend to hotline it with NO open debate or discussions.
    Last edited by WildBill; 09-26-2008 at 08:29 PM. Reason: legal, accuracy

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    Here's an article in today's NY times about artists and the economy:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/12/ar...=5070&emc=eta1

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    I have just read and signed the online petition:

    "Stop Anti-Free Speech, Anti-Artist, Anti-Journalist Legislation in
    Congress" hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, the free online petition
    service, at:

    http://www.PetitionOnline.com/Stop2913/

    I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might
    agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider
    signing yourself.

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