The US Senate passed the Orphan Rights bill last week despite massive opposition and objections from US and international photographers. Now it appears the House of Representatives is steamrollering this legislation through, according to this latest Illustrators' Partnership bulletin below. What we in UK can do at this stage seems negligible, except to plan visible watermarking of our website images and/or scripted means of denying access to US-based visitors.
It is time to act RIGHT NOW! The House is ready to pass the Orphan Works Act. You can't delay! Call NOW and tell them NO!
The Illustrator's Partnership, below, has sent us info on the current plans. We can't let them get away with sneaky politics while the country is watching and debating the VP event.
Please forward this to all artists and lists and make those calls this morning!
FROM THE ILLUSTRATORS' PARTNERSHIP
THE HOUSE ORPHAN WORKS BILL (H.R. 5889)
IS MOVING IN THE HOUSE NOW
Phone, fax, email these Congressman immediately
DELAHUNT Phone (202) 225 3111 Fax (202) 225-5658
CONYERS Phone: (202) 225-5126 Fax: (202) 225-0072
NADLER Phone: (202) 225-5635 Fax: (202) 225-6923
EXPRESS YOUR OUTRAGE AT THE WAY THIS IS BEING DONE
We've been getting assurances all day that the bill was "dead for this year."
TELL THEM NOT TO PASS THIS ANTI-COPYRIGHT LAW
* UNDER COVER OF NIGHT
TELL THEM THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS WAY TO RE-WRITE THE COPYRIGHT LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES
- Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner, for the Board of the Illustrators' Partnership
Over 75 organizations oppose this bill, representing over half a million creators. Illustrators, photographers, fine artists, songwriters, musicians, and countless licensing firms all believe this bill will harm their small businesses.
U.S. Creators and the image-making public can email Congress through the Capwiz site:http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/ 2 minutes is all it takes to tell the U.S. Congress to uphold copyright protection for the world's artists.
INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS please fax these 4 U.S. State Agencies and appeal to your home representatives for intervention. http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?searchterm=00267
CALL CONGRESS: 1-800-828-0498. Tell the U.S. Capitol Switchboard Operator "I would like to leave a message for Congressperson __________ that I oppose the Orphan Works Act." The switchboard operator will patch you through to the lawmaker's office and often take a message which also gets passed on to the lawmaker. Once you're put through tell your Representative the message again.
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