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rkr4cds Creative Design Studio (RKR4CDS)
suburban Chicago
Posts: 2,044

I'm going to be reading it more thoroughly in the morning:

Don't Let Congress Kill Creativity -
ACT NOW - Visit:

It appears to be in opposition to a US Bill, throwing out all of the Copyright agreements that artists have worked under for the past 32 years.
Sorry that I'm posting so late

JOIN the Lobbying Effort: Creative professionals-- photographers, painters, illustrators, quilters, calligraphers, art licensors, cartoonists and crafters among others— will be traveling to Washington DC on Tuesday, June 3rd, and meeting with our Senators and Representatives Wednesday, June 4th and Thursday, June 5th to share our concerns about this legislation.

Showing up in numbers is important… so we are extending the invitation to go ‘educating’ in Washington to all artists. For more information about the trip, and how you can participate, please contact us if you can join us!

It appeared on one of my fiber lists just today.

Daphne Back Road Bears
Laconia, NH USA
Posts: 6,568

Yes, I did a bit of research a while ago on this.... course I don't remember what all I read (so should probably just shut up!) - only that this bill has been floating around for quite a while and nothing ever comes of it - but if it was passed it would indeed be a pretty big problem for us as artists.

rkr4cds Creative Design Studio (RKR4CDS)
suburban Chicago
Posts: 2,044

Whew!  This the first I've heard of any proposed changes!
Thanks, Daphne - at least I don't have to start my day tomorrow with a downer!

Daphne Back Road Bears
Laconia, NH USA
Posts: 6,568

The idea was first introduced to congress in 2003 but never passed. It was then researched in 2005 and re-introduced to congress or the house in May 2006.... and the Copyright office can't let it be so the bill is before Congress again. This time it looks like it's being taken very seriously however.
All factual info regarding the bill is here.

An interesting site with info and discussions on this bill:

I'm not into politics or anything that gives me a huge headache which reading all of this does....... so I won't try to explain it or how it's going to affect us as artists..... you'll have to read about it yourself. Sorry. My teddy bear mentor is very "on top" of this issue so I've heard quite a bit about it in recent months.

kassiebears Kassie Bears TM/Creations of Mysticism
Posts: 1,078

Hi Bobbie,
I just wanted to share the information I have on the Orphan Works Act. This is really happening. I have been working a long with Mark Simon who first posted his letter on the internet, and the ILLUSTRATORS' PARTNERSHIP by helping spreading the word on this bill. This will effect all creative people who post their work on the internet and use the resources available for business, no matter what medium an artists works in, paintings, sculpture, artist bears etc,.  I have provided a lot of information for you to view and read. I know it is a lot information, but I feel it is important to take the time to really learn about this bill. So please do take the time and read and use some of the links here that have been set up to easily send letters to your Senators and Representatives.


Fellow artists,
We are making it as easy as possible to show your opposition to the Orphan Works Act. Show them that we don't want them to orphan our work. With just a couple of clicks below, you can send a letter to Congress.

Mark Simon


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:

Please forward this message to every artist you know.

If you received our mail as a forwarded message, and wish to be added to our mailing list, email us at:   
Place "Add Name" in the subject line, and provide your name and the email address you want used in the message area.


Tens of thousands of letters have gone out already from our Orphan Works advocacy site.

Q: What can we do next?

1. Write the House Judiciary Committee. We've set up a special alert to contact members of this important committee.

Go to our Take Action/Alert site:
Look for the sample letter labeled "Contact House Judiciary Committee NOW" and send it.

If your Representative is not a member of the House Judiciary Committee, this will send him a message asking him to contact his colleagues on that Committee on your behalf, urging them to oppose the bill.

2. Ask for support from family and friends:

Please ask your friends and family (5 to 10 others) who support your creative work to also go to the site.
They can follow the instructions to easily send a message of opposition to this reckless bill.
Look for the sample letter labeled "For Supporters of Visual Artists - Wrong to Weaken
Copyright Law" and send it.

3. Spread the word to the public: Photosharing on Web will now be at risk:

Please alert your friends who post photos to the web their personal property will be at risk.
Look for the sample letter labeled "For the Image-Making Public - Protect Personal
Property"and send it.

For more information about the Orphan Works Act of 2008:

IPA Statement to House Subcommittee March 20, 2008: … term=00261
IPA Senate Mark-up Comments April 30, 2008:
Geneva/ May 7, 2008 Orphan Works Bill Catches Global Attention/ Intellectual Property Watch/
MP3 Interview:

Please post this message or forward it to any interested party.


Some backers of the controversial Orphan Works bill say they're launching a campaign to "Rescue Orphan Works."

From whom?

We're not the ones interested in infringing other people's copyrights.
We're only interested in protecting our own.
If the "Rescue Orphan Works" folks really want to use only true orphaned work, they'd join us in asking that this bill be drafted accordingly.
From our written statement submitted to the Senate April 30, 2008

We believe the orphan works problem can be and should be solved with carefully crafted, specific limited exemptions.

·  An exemption could be tailored to solve family photo restoration and reproduction issues.

·  Usage for genealogy research is probably already covered by fair use, but could rate an exemption if deemed necessary.

·  Limited exemptions could be designed for documentary filmmakers.

·   Libraries and archives already have generous exemptions for their missions. However, if they believe they need expanded access to work whose authors are hard to find, we'd suggest that Congress adopt a variant of the Orphan Works clearance system in use in Canada.

Canada has created a statutory licensing scheme that allows licenses for the use of published works to be issued by the Copyright Board of Canada on behalf of unlocatable copyright owners.

The license is issued by the Canadian Copyright Board. Decisions are made on a case-by- case basis through application to the Board. If the Board is satisfied by the applicant's efforts of e-mails, phone calls, written correspondence, approaches to copyright collectives, Internet searches, etc., then it may issue a non-exclusive license which is valid only in Canada, subject to any terms and conditions it sees fit. … 00096.html

A system such as this would serve potential users of orphaned work by allowing them to clear rights in an orderly, verified way. Therefore we respectfully ask that  the Senate conduct further hearings to resolve the specific problem of providing public access to true orphaned works. Our objections to S.2913 - which incorporates the proposals made by the Copyright Office - is that its effects cannot be limited to old or abandoned copyrights.

There's no need to "rescue orphan works" from artists.
And you don't save orphans by making new ones!

Help solve the real orphan works problem: Don't Let Congress Orphan Your Work

2 minutes is all it takes to write Congress and protect your copyright:

Please forward this message to every artist you know.


Call to Action
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.

We've drafted a special letter for this purpose.
You can deep link to it here:
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:
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 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 you know.

rkr4cds Creative Design Studio (RKR4CDS)
suburban Chicago
Posts: 2,044

Most sincere Thx, Kassie, I've sent emails to my Senators & H.Reps.

If you hear anything further, will you post it?


Donna A Brandon Bears
Fort Worth Texas
Posts: 98

I'm a bit slow  ..............
took me  4- or 5 mins to send email to send letter to Congress/ House Representative.
Donna a

kassiebears Kassie Bears TM/Creations of Mysticism
Posts: 1,078

Hi Bobbie, You are very welcome. I will for sure do update posts. :-)

Dilu Posts: 8,574

Kassie and I have discussed this extensivly, and we have both done homework ( internet research etc.... ) and written our congressmen and senators....

I really urge all of you to do the same, research it and decide if this is something you want to talk to your representitives about.

Its alot easier to keep a law from becoming a law than it is to get one overturned.

From your local politco junkee


Michelle Helen Chaska, Minnesota
Posts: 2,897

Hmmmmm....I can not, for the life of me, understand why any Senator or Representative would even consider overturning this. Why? Is there something I'm missing?

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