I wanted to give you an update the Orphan Works situation. As you probably know, last Friday both the Senate and House introduced variations of the same bill: The Shawn Bentley Orphan Acts of 2008 (S. 2913) and The Orphan Works Act of 2008 (H.R. 5889). If these bills pass, they will have devastating consequences for visual artists.
I'm asking you to please help spread the word, create awareness and ask your students and colleages to join in this critical effort. There is a sample letter at the bottom of this message in case someone wants to help but is strapped for time. They can just customize it as necessary. The important thing is to get our collective voices heard and protect the intellectual property of all artists.
The following is a message from Joanne Fink, a highly respected lettering artist who has been working in the field of art and design for 25 years. She writes;
Having been involved in strategy sessions for the last few days with Brad Holland (Illustrator's Partnership) and others, let me outline what you can do that would be helpful.
Write a letter to your congressional House leader and Senators stating your opposition to the bills. Send the letter both by e-mail and fax.
Help raise awareness about the potential consequences of this legislation, and ask everyone you know to write and send letters.
A number of groups which oppose this legislation are collaborating on creating a website which will enable you to e-mail your congressional leaders with ...