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

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

    I ask you to support all American artists by voicing
    opposition to the Orphan Works Acts that are being fast-tracked through
    Congress. It's important that you act now - because Congress (both House
    and Senate) could be voting on this legislation this month.


    The Orphan Works Acts would also affect non-artists, anyone who
    takes snapshot photos and shares them through email or on the web. Your plants,
    personal family memories, etc., could be used by unscrupulous people or in ways you
    may object - just to make a buck. The Orphan Works Acts also opens up
    privacy issues - like by allowing people to distribute, sell, etc. pictures
    of your family members.

    Here is a brief summary of some of the problems of the proposed legislation:


    * The Orphan Works Acts, if enacted would change copyright law in such
    a way that it would be too costly (time and money) to make a living as a
    visual artist. There would be less of a need for new art because all one's
    existing and new work would be open for others to use for free. Today we
    call those people- who use art without asking- infringers, those who steal
    art for their own profit.


    * The Orphan Works Acts would affect visual artists who do not make a
    living from their art (create just for the joy of it). Someone, an
    infringer, would be able to use your art anywhere they like to make a buck
    and potentially in ways you would object.


    The Copyright Act of 1976 was created to allow artists to profit from their
    work thereby encouraging artists to create- a priceless gift that artists
    contribute to the world. The new legislation would change it for the worse.


    There may be a desire for libraries, museums, etc to acquire truly orphaned
    works - those in which the author will never be located. Most visual
    artists would support this cause for the greater good. But the new Orphan
    Works Acts being pushed through Congress are written so broadly, they do not
    take into account the devastating impact they will have on living artists
    who can be located.

    Here is a link to more information and an interview with illustrator Brad Holland:

    http://www.sellyourtvconceptnow.com/orphan.html


    Please ask your congressmen to vote in opposition to this act- in both house
    and senate.

    Here's a link to a web tool that allows you to do so effortlessly:
    http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/

    Select the letter that best represents you and edit it as you see fit. One of the letters is for friends and families of artists. Then click to submit - and your letter will be sent immediately electronically to all your congressmen.



    Please forward and crosspost widely.


    Thank you for your help!

    WildBill

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    Wow, I'm a sculptor / illustrator on the side & that's some bad news there!

    I'll pass this along on the art boards thanks for letting me know about it!

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    Well, the Kansas legislators have a new email in their inbox. I think I might actually be an official Missouri resident now, if all my tax information has been processed and filed. Maybe I'll do it again...

    xvart.
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    Thanks for posting this. Corporate-funded politics sucks. They extend copyright protection by decades so Disney doesn't lose the mouse, but anything created by actual people is fair game for anyone who wants to take it.
    Bruce in CT

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    Bruce, that's just what I was thinking. Good luck saying you didn't know mickey mouse or superman was copyrighted and by whom but some indie comic or artist can just be bent over and reamed for all it's worth.

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    So if I used someones picture then modeled it I'd be under the law in a bad way,
    this is going to be a bad thing if this law passes.

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    Wow - as a very active photographer (with lots of photos on web), and a lover of fine art, this is appalling. Thank you very much for posting this info!

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    I sent out an e-mail as well. I'm going into photography.

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