Orphaned Works Update

Members of IPA, and associates working with them, met with congressional leaders in DC last week. It sounds as if a few are starting to get it. But we’re not out of the woods yet.

Here’s a link to an Op-Ed piece published in the New York Times last week by non-other than Lawrence Lessig. Oddly enough, he is opposed to the current legislation. But I wouldn’t let him babysit my kids just yet, if you know what I mean.

And here’s an article from the Boston Herald. So the press is starting to listen.

From the IPA‘s website, a listing of artist groups against passage of this OW legislation.

Post Card Campaign to Oppose Orphan Works

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed their Orphan Works Act. It is now headed for the full Senate. This from Joanne Fink, President of Lakeside Design:

Urgent: Do this today in order to impact next week’s opposition team
meetings in Washington D.C.

Postcard mailings: It was suggested that we get everyone to start sending
postcards to the DISTRICT offices, not the Washington DC office, because mail sent to Washington gets scanned/screened and can take over two weeks to get to the
recipient, while mail sent to the district office gets couriered to the Washington office the next day. Please disseminate this information as soon as possible. We’d like to have thousands of postcards waiting for our legislators before we go to visit them. Please help with this last ditch effort!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Write “Please vote NO on the Orphan Works bill ” (add H.R. 5889 for the
    House; S-2913 for the Senate). No other explanation is necessary.
  2. Sign your name and include your contact info.
  3. Addres it to your elected official’s district office. Click to find your Senator’s address or your Representative’s address. You will need to click through to their website.
  4. Add a stamp—27 cents; 42 cents if your postcard is over 6″ x 4 1/4″.

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