Sorry for the short notice, but you can write until March 24Â – and I hope YOU will!! At last the government WANTS to hear from actual artists instead of only big businesses.Â This is again about copyright issues. Some businesses want to use our work without our permission (or payment) – this has been called the Orphan Works Bill.
Most of us artists want to protect our copyrights to make sure that we can protect our work.Â I know I want to protect my colorful, vibrant paintings!!Â Brad HollandÂ and Cynthia Turner for the Board of the Illustrators’Â Partnership has put together this information.Â Mark Simon is an Artist Adovcate and he passed along this information also.Â Thank you to them!Â Please read below for details.Â Thank you! ~ Diane
Summary of issue: OverÂ 85 organizationsÂ opposed the last Orphan Works bills, representing over half a million creators. Illustrators, photographers, fine artists, songwriters, musicians, and countless licensing firms all believe this bill will harm their small businesses.
WRITE TODAY – details below!
Hello fellow artists,
Below is great info on a White House initiative to find out more about copyright protection for artists and small businesses.
The deadline to hear from artists is <WED MARCH 24>, SO DON’T DELAY. Email them now. Info is below.
FROM THE ILLUSTRATORS’ PARTNERSHIP
White House Seeks Artists’ Comments to Improve Copyright Protection
New Copyright Czar begins Joint Strategic Plan to ProtectÂ Intellectual Property
Victoria Espinel is the first U.S.Â Intellectual Property Enforcement CoordinatorÂ (IPEC), also known as the Copyright Czar. Congress created IPEC by anÂ Act of Congress. Ms. Espinel serves within theExecutive Office of the PresidentÂ to coordinate with all the federal agencies that fight the infringement of intellectual property.
Ms. Espinel and her team are specifically tasked with formulating and implementing a Joint Strategic Plan to help protect the ingenuity and creativity of Americans by improving the U.S. Government’s protection of the rights ofÂ intellectual property owners.
Your input is requested.
The White House is inviting your public input and participation to shape an effectiveÂ intellectual property enforcement strategy. Please respond with your written submissions regarding the costs to you, your business and the U.S. economy resulting from infringement of yourÂ intellectual property rights, both direct and indirect.
This will be a 2-part process.
The first is to gather public recommendations byÂ March 24. IPEC will then gather your input on the formulated plan.
Please be precise.
Include your name, city, state, and what type of artist you are. Explain why copyright is critical to you as a commercial artist, how infringement affects you, and what the U.S. government can do to better protect the rights of American artists. If your submission is about your economic loss due to infringement of your copyrights you must clearly identify the methodology used to calculate your losses or otherwise validate your infringement and enforcement costs.
Your submission will be publicly posted.
For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information.
If you have confidential business information that would support your recommendation or that you believe would help the Government formulate an effective enforcement strategy, please let them know by contacting:
Thomas L. Stoll
Office of theÂ Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
Deadline: Submissions must be received byÂ Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 5 p.m. EST.
Address:Â All submissions should be sent electronically viaÂ firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Background Reading:
White House Blog
Federal Register Notice Request
-Â Brad HollandÂ and Cynthia Turner for the Board of the Illustrators’Â Partnership
For news and information, and an archive of these messages:
Illustrators’ Partnership Orphan Works Blog:Â http://ipaorphanworks.blogspot.com/
OverÂ 85 organizationsÂ opposed the last Orphan Works bills, representing over half a million creators. Illustrators, photographers, fine artists, songwriters, musicians, and countless licensing firms all believe this bill will harm their small businesses.