Off the Graphic Artist Guild website:
National Arts Organizations are so concerned about this Orphan Works Act of 2006 being pushed through Congress, they have now formed a coalition:
Coalition on Orphan Works
Advertising Photographers of America
American Society of Media Photographers
Graphic Artists Guild
Illustrators Partnership of America
National Press Photographers Association
Picture Archive Council of America
Professional Photographers of America
Stock Artists Alliance
Please please please, if you're an artist and make your living in any way, shape or form from creating artwork and photography, it's urgent that you to write your Senators and Representatives to protest this Orphan Works Act! This Orphan Works Act of 2006 -- if it's allowed to pass -- WILL RENDER YOUR AUTOMATIC COPYRIGHT TO YOUR OWN WORK NULL AND VOID!
Do you understand what I'm saying? People will be able to cherry pick your artwork and use it at will to create merchandise and they won't even have to pay you your "going rate"!
Sounds impossible doesn't it? They couldn't be THAT inconsiderate, can they? Well it isn't, and yes they can. And they will if you don't stand up and say something right away!
Please don't make one of my future blog entries a rant at how shocked I am this HORRIBLE THING PASSED. We can change this!
Make it your business to send a letter out to your Senator and Representative by Monday. Please. (Again off the GAG site, here are additional Senators you can write to:
"It is especially important for Californians to take action, because Howard Berman (CA, 28th), the Ranking Minority Member of the Subcommittee, and Subcommittee member Darrell Issa (CA, 49th) are particularly sensitive to concerns of visual creators.
In addition, Reps. Bob Goodlatte (VA, 6th) and Howard Coble (NC, 6th) seem interested in helping our cause. Further, Rep. John Conyers (MI, 14th) is especially responsive to the needs of writers."
Let's do this!
Dump the Orphan Works Act of 2006!
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