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IMPORTANT: SIGN Orphan Works Petition!!! Please Take 25 Seconds to Protect Free Speech

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Dear Friends, Colleagues, Acquaintances, and Random Recipients of this e-mail,

Please help protect your rights – take 30 seconds to click the link below, sign the e-petition and e-mail it to everyone in your address book. It be great, if you could write a brief personal note to your friends and colleagues as to its importance. Please post it in relevant places as well.

Click >> http://www.PetitionOnline.com/Stop2913/ < < Click

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Steve

PS. I emailed, faxed and called my Members of Congress (MOC) to ask them to vote no on both the House of Representatives bill (hr.5889) and the Senate bill (s.2913), I urge you to do the same.

You can use the following web sites for pre-written letters and information to contact you Member of Congress. You can also write your own letter.
http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt?action=myreps_form

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE USE THESE Links……..

A Million People Against The Orphan Works Bill
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18736567652

Good Blog and Groups opposing the Bill
http://stevemarselphotoblog.typepad.com/steve_marsel_photo_blog/2008/05/orphan-works—-groups-opposing-the-orphan-works-bills-as-written—updated.html

Intellectual Property Lawyer’s Blog (bottom of this entry has good information related to traditional art, folk art, Native American art, African art, etc.)
http://www.photoattorney.com/2008/05/another-ip-attorney-fights-orphan-works.html

NYT Op-ED (I disagree with his suggestion of there being a 14 year grace period before having to register. I feel there should be no registration of any type)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/opinion/20lessig.html?ex=1211947200&en=dcf3c1149318e375&ei=5070<http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/opinion/20lessig.html?ex=1211947200&en=dcf3c1149318e375&ei=5070>

Google and Orphan works (please give this one a quick read ;) and post the cliff notes)
http://stevemarselphotoblog.typepad.com/steve_marsel_photo_blog/2008/06/orphan-works-and-google.html

Letter for International Artist (has good information related to art)
http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?searchterm=00267

Summary of Bill
<http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:SN02913:@@@L&summ2=m&#summary>

Posted by:
Steve Lehman
Founder and Person in Charge
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Never hold your tears in. Never say don’t cry. Never distract another person from crying.

Sitting and listening to your heart is beneficial.

Faith.

by Steve Lehman at 2008-06-13 02:34:29 UTC (ed. Jun 16 2008 ) CT , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Thank you, Steve! You are a good guy and this is a great post. Thank you, thank you!

by Gayle Hegland | 13 Jun 2008 03:06 | Montana, United States | | Report spam→
…We are against the United States Government, indirectly or directly, forcing artists and journalists to register their art and photographs in a giant database mandated by this legislation. We believe this is a threat to free speech and privacy. Such a database would allow any government, corporation, or individual to track the movements of journalists who take pictures and monitor the work of artists.

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/Stop2913/

by Gayle Hegland | 13 Jun 2008 03:06 | Montana, United States | | Report spam→
From: illustratorspartnership@cnymail.com
Subject: Orphan Works Opposition
Date: June 14, 2008 1:51:33 PM MDT (CA)
To: IPA.IV

FROM THE ILLUSTRATORS’ PARTNERSHIP

Over 100,000 letters have gone out to Senators and Congressmen from our CapWiz site.
Opposition to the Orphan Works Act continues to grow.

Here are some of organizations which oppose it:

http://illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?searchterm=00273

And here are some of the excellent position papers written by some of these groups:

NUJ condemns “free for all” US Orphan Works legislation
http://www.epuk.org/News/863/nuj-opposes-us-orphan-works

The American Association of Independent Music
A2IM Position on the Proposed Orphan Works Legislation in the United States

http://www.a2im.org/newsDetail.aspx?newsID=117

Association of Medical Illustrators Denounces ‘Orphan Works’ Bills Before Congress
http://www.examiner.com/p-175592~Association_of_Medical_Illustrators_Denounces__Orphan_Works__Bills_Before_Congress.html

Two Cartoon-Group Presidents Slam Possible ‘Orphan Works’ Legislation
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003802183

The Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications
Orphan Works Update: The Orphan Works Debate in the US

http://www.capic.org/copyright.html

Advertising Photographers of America
APA Position Paper on Orphan Works

http://www.apanational.com/files/public/APA__On_Orphan_Works.pdf

Don’t Let Congress Orphan Your Work
2 minutes is all it takes to write Congress and fight for your copyright:

http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/

Please forward this message in its entirety 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: ipa@twcny.rr.com
Place “Add Name” in the subject line, and provide your name and the email address you want used in the message area.

by Gayle Hegland | 16 Jun 2008 00:06 | Montana, United States | | Report spam→

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