FROM THE ILLUSTRATORS' PARTNERSHIP
Today (4/23) the House and Senate sent us draft copies of the new Orphan Works Act of 2008. They haven't officially released it yet, but we've been told the Senate will do so this week. A quick analysis confirms our worst fears and our early warnings. If these proposals are enacted into law, all the work you have ever done or will do could be orphaned and exposed to commercial infringement from the moment you create it.
You've probably already heard Mark Simon's webcast interview with Brad Holland. If not, please listen to it at: http://www.sellyourtvconceptnow.com/orphan.html
Then forget the spin you've heard from backers of this bill. This radical proposal, now pending before Congress, could cost you your past and future copyrights.
The Illustrators' Partnership is currently working with our attorney - in concert with the other 12 groups in the American Society of Illustrators Partnership to have our voices – and yours - heard in Congress. They'll keep you posted regarding how you can do your part.
Please forward this information to every creative person and group you know. Mr. Holland and Mr. Simon have given their permission for this audio file to be copied and transferred and replayed.
For additional information about Orphan Works developments, go to the IPA Orphan Works Resource Page for Artists http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?searchterm=00185
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