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Old     (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       10-03-2008, 2:40 AM Reply

1) Find your Congress person here:

2) Then send them this letter:

Re: Please Oppose S 2913

Dear Mr. (or Ms.) ________________________________:

I am one of your constituents, a professional photographer, and a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). There is a movement to try to convince members of the House to abandon the language of the Orphan Works Act of 2008, HR 5889 and to substitute the language of the Senate version, S 2913. It is crucial to my professional livelihood that you oppose this change and that you support HR 5889 as it currently exists. The Senate bill simply does not have sufficient protections for photographers. If the language of the Senate bill becomes law, my business will be severely damaged.

I urge you to retain the language of HR 5889, which currently contains provisions that are critical to protect photographers. These include but are not limited to a notice of use that must be filed before the use is made, upon penalty of losing eligibility to claim orphan work status for failure to file the notice, and an archive of the notices, to be maintained by the Copyright Office or an approved third party.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can provide you with any additional information. Thank you for your time. I hope that you will take the necessary actions to protect my interests and prevent the substitution of S 2913 for HR 5889.

Respectfully yours,
(your name)
Old     (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-03-2008, 8:47 AM Reply   


What are 'Orphan Works'?
As described in a 2005 report that the Copyright Office prepared for Congress, an "orphan work" is a work (such as an image) that is protected by copyright but whose copyright owner cannot be identified and located. It is clear that such a situation harms both creators and users. However, the remedy that was proposed to the 2006 Congress was needlessly unfair to creators, leading ASMP and many other groups to seek changes when the bill was introduced.



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