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Go NOW and read this very important thread regarding the future of your copyright.  Then write to your congressman if you are a US citizen or to ASMP just to let them know that you are behind their efforts to nip this in the bud;


Folks, we need to act on this; the term "orphan works" is very misleading, and the consequences of this legislation if passed will seriously affect your power to litigate in defense of your imagery.

We need to get LS as a body behind the effort to convince Congress that the law is a bad idea.  LS needs to contact ASMP and indicate that we are to be considered a part of that united effort.  ASMP and NPPA are already working on this.

by Jon Anderson at 2006-03-24 15:03:03 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic | Bookmark | | Report spam→

What about all of us who are not US citizens? Should/can we be doing something?


by Simon Anstey | 24 Mar 2006 15:03 | Copenhagen, Denmark | | Report spam→
I think we can approach ASMP as a body — LS — and be part of their effort, while we make itclear that our membership is international and the international community as well is concerned for the precedent this sets and for their relation to the American market. 

by Jon Anderson | 24 Mar 2006 16:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Thanks Jonn!….Ive sent a letter to my former congressman (email)…. I would, absolutely, be willing to sign a group letter from LS, or even contribute to buy an advertisement in a paper, like the NY Times or Washington Post….Please let me know if the LS idea materializes…..although, the reps in my former home state (florida, prior to moving to canada) are notorious slow about all this :((((….thanks again Jon, for the heads up…keep me posted…..Bob

by [former member] | 24 Mar 2006 18:03 | Toronto, Canada | | Report spam→
I think the fact that this is such an international group helps push the efforts further. Not only would the work of non-U.S. photographers be subject to “orphan-works” but other countries could follow suit if it passes in the U.S. Is there a way to create an LS letter that can be forwarded by members or posted here with “signatures” of LS members and then that could be forwarded to all 537 members of Congress? I was shocked to see some rather liberally minded reps. who supported this in the house……. Scott

by [former member] | 25 Mar 2006 09:03 | New Jersey, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks Sion for posting the previous post and thank you Jon for your reposting  in BIG headlines ( you really got my attention)   I think this is very important and would be LS first  action as a body.

The LS letter  is a must. I think that document  have to  be available here , ready for download or to be filled online.
That will take time and work. I wish I could help but as you can see my English is no good and  I am not a US citizen. I hope someone takes leadership  on this matter.
I am sure most LS’s members are reading this post and looking forward to have their  voices heard. Thank you all.

by Alex Reshuan | 25 Mar 2006 10:03 | | Report spam→
Thanks for all of the information on the issue.

by Matthew Williams | 25 Mar 2006 10:03 (ed. Mar 25 2006) | Ventura, California, United States | | Report spam→
OK, first of all here is where youcan find the draft that ASMP has drawn up along with the fax numbers of all the reps — find your guy and fax him a copy of your personalized draft:


I see no reason why our American members cannot do this now — it will take a mere five minutes, and most of us nowadays have the ability to fax a letter direct from your computer.  wouldnt be a bad idea to include Lightstalkers name and mention its 7000plus membership as an added feature.  Above all, the ASMP is asking for everyone to send letters now.

Those ofyou who are not citizens, you should still review the page above.  For example, there are Canadian outfits that are part of the coalition and they may well have some advice for you Canadian Photogs.  Those who are outside the US, I still think that we as a body — LS as a whole that is — can probably do something and I am going to contact the ASMP people to see if at the very least LS can lend its name to the coalition.

by Jon Anderson | 25 Mar 2006 11:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
I have written to Perlman on behalf of LS and explained what we are doing and whether there is something that LS can do as a body.  Meanwhile the letter that you must all send is there on the link that I gave above.  IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU ARE  NOT A CITIZEN OR IF YOU CANNOT WRITE ENGLISH: the letter is a form letter that requires one simple adjustment to make it personal, and if you reside in the states you have a representative and a congressman.  You can send them a fax.

by Jon Anderson | 25 Mar 2006 11:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
I sent faxes to all my congressmen on this last month, and was greatly surprised to get a call from an assistant for one of them, Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia. The assistant said Chambliss would keep an eye on that proposed legislation.  Somewhat renewed my faith in the system that some do listen to their constituents. It only takes a few minutes to send faxes to YOUR people in Congress. Ask for a response. (And from what I hear, a fax is more effective than e-mail to get their attention.)

There are lots of parties working to get this horrible orphan works deal passed, and it’s a powerful attack on the freelance journalist’s livelihood. Fight back.

by Allen Sullivan | 25 Mar 2006 12:03 | Atlanta, United States | | Report spam→
This is what is scary, the various people lined up in support of the legislation, but I think in some cases they just havent thought it through.  We need to fight this folks.

by Jon Anderson | 25 Mar 2006 14:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Wow. I’m sick of living in the era of fear and greed. Every single day the little person/individual just gets thumped. It’s getting really played out. Time for a backlash I think.

Who are the evil profiteers behind this “finders/keepers” legislation?

I’m warming up the fax machine as I type.

by Jethro Soudant | 25 Mar 2006 16:03 | Buffalo, NY, United States | | Report spam→
Ok, in regard to working together as a body, a couple points need tobe cleared up here, as I am letting my enthusiasm for the fight ahead get the better of me.

Obviously Lightstalkers doesnt form a body in the same sense as ASMP, NPPA or other such organizations.  We are not an organization; we are a web of synaptic connections firing off every 1/125th of a second.  This amorphous,if not to say anarchic, formless form (and it is anarchic in a good sense, I mean who is in charge here?  No one!) is what makes us different from other websites and more interesting.  So we cannot really speak of a body here, just a collection of people, some of whom may be interested in this particular issue and some not.  (we musnt forget that besides the photographers here we also have writers, editors, film makers, aid workers, soldiers, etc - and apropos of that, if any of you are currently working with writers, invite them to join.)

So Shinji has ingeniously provided for this very circumstance by creating the "Cell" feature which is found on your profile page when you click on "My Network."  If a group of us wish to work together as a body on any particular matter, or if we just want to form some kind of group within the umbrella of LS, we can do so by creating a Cell.

With that in mind, if the ASMP contacts us in regard to this matter, we can consider our options and possibly gather together a bunch of us here in a cell in order to have some union strength.

It may be that all we can do is simply notify the membership and urge everyone who can to write to their reps, but there are plenty of US resident LS members so even that gesture would be significant.

by Jon Anderson | 26 Mar 2006 12:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→

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