Hi everyone, I 've been hearng a lot about this bill, some regard it as a overblown and others are running scared and calling their congressmen, but either way knowing about this is really important please take the time to look at it and if possible do a quick click of the links below.
The following info is unconfirmed but the links should be good:
"I am not sure if you have heard of this bill but it affects all visual artists. It is called the Orphan Act and basically they are saying they are "protecting" an artists rights by having them register any artwork they create with 2 major bureaus. If you do not, then any artwork is up for grabs for any company to grab and use for their personal gain while screwing you out of anything due to you as the artist. The kicker is that the registration fee for each individual piece of art is $100.
So this affects both young and old artists trying to make it out there by posting their work online or using other media to promote themselves. For more info here is a link: http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/
And here is a quick link to the standard email, you just add you name and address and press send, takes a few minutes. http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/issues/alert/?alertid=11333406
and another email with links to this subjecthttp://mag.awn.com/index.php?ltype=pageone&article_no=3605&page=1
The bill died in '06 due to outcries from the art community and the fact that it was unconstitutional. There are also other pieces online that suggest there is no new bill and that it is a nonissue:http://firefox.org/news/articles/1396/1/Editorial-Calling-All-Orphans-The-So
Naturally, any proposed legislation would have a long way to go before being enacted. Regardless of the contradictions surrounding the immediacy or the existence of the matter, it is still good to be aware and research. The first article does include some really good links to the IPA, contact info of congressmen and sample form letters.
and yet a third had this info:http://www.sellyourtvconceptnow.com/orphan/orphan_works_information.mp3http://maradydd.livejournal.com/374886.htmlhttp://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=609199http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=121132
Congress is rushing these bills through to a floor vote. The House will start marking up their version of the bill at 2:00 today; the Senate will do so tomorrow. To try to stop this bill, we first need to slow down the race to get it passed.
FROM THE ILLUSTRATORS' PARTNERSHIP
Take Action: Don't Let Congress Orphan Our Work
We've set up an online site for visual artists to e-mail their Senators and Representatives with one click.
This site is open to professional artists, photographers and any member of the image-making public.
We've provided sample letters from individuals representing different sectors of the visual arts.
If you're opposed to the Orphan Works act, this site is yours to use.
For international artists and our colleagues overseas, we've provided a special link, with a sample letter and instructions as to whom to write.
2 minutes is all it takes to write Congress and protect your copyright: http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/
Whether you are a visual artist or not( musicians you could be next) you might want to look into this and contact a congressman or two.
to find your representative, go tohttps://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
It takes five minutes to find your rep and write a quick letter....they make it easy, it's a form.
Go, learn, write.