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Call to Artists: Return of Orphan Works Extended Comment Period

Call to Artists: The Library of Congress has extended the comment period for new legislation they are proposing, which includes the return of “orphan works.” Read this post for complete information on this issue, a video by a fellow licensed artist regarding orphan works, and instructions on how to submit your comments. And please send them your comments!

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The Return of Orphan Works - Action Needed!

We would like to thank artist Elaine Frenett for bringing this issue to our attention via her connection with the Illustrator’s Partnership of America and other related groups. It is crucial that artists retain the rights to and control over their creative works, and it appears that the US Copyright Office and the US Congress are threatening to take those rights and control from us with a new version of the US Copyright Act. This is not the first time this has been proposed, and twice before the national arts community has managed to fend off this attack on our intellectual/creative property, yet this latest proposal appears to be worse than previous versions. Grass roots activism has gained influence in Washington, DC, and though many of you may not be accustomed to such actions, this is one we hope will motivate you to join with the rest of the creative arts community by writing a letter to the US Copyright Office…and hopefully your state representatives in Congress, too. The information below will fill you in on what they propose and some ideas to help you write your letter. The deadline for submitting your letter is July 23, so there’s plenty of time to craft a well-written letter, yet no time to waste, so let’s take a few minutes to put down our brushes and pick up our pens to preserve our control over our creations. There is a link to the Copyright Office website where your letter can be submitted under the When and Where heading below. Please read the entire article carefully. We hope the suggestions for your letter will help your own words start flowing so the letters received in Washington will be personal, effective and powerful.

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