Don’t Let Congress Orphan Your Work
An open forum to oppose the Orphan Works Act of 2008
Tuesday, May 6 6:00 PM
The Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065
Admission will be free
The Orphan Works Act of 2008 will endanger the rights of anyone who creates intellectual property.
It will expose your art to commercial infringement. It will include work from professional paintings to family snapshots. It will include published and unpublished work. It will include any image that resides or has ever resided on the internet. It will force you to register every picture you do with privately-held commercial registries. It will make all unregistered works potential orphans.
This radical change to U.S. copyright law will shift the burden of diligence from infringers to rights holders. It is wrong to give infringers the right to make money from your property without your knowledge or consent. You should not have to pay businessmen to keep the work you’ve created.
The Orphan Works Act is an assault on national and international copyright laws. It’s an assault on the property and privacy rights embodied in them.
Illustrators, photographers, fine artists: let’s come together and act to keep Congress from orphaning our work.
This event will be recorded for later webviewing
Terry Brown Director, American Society of Illustrators Partnership, Director Emeritus, Society of Illustrators
Constance Evans Executive Director, Advertising Photographers of America, artist
Dr. Theodore Feder President, Artists Rights Society
Brad Holland Artist, Co-Founder, Illustrators Partnership
Cynthia Turner Medical Illustrator, Board Member, Illustrators Partnership
William Vasquez Photographer, Co-Chair, Advertising Photographers of America/NY Chapter
To learn more about the Orphan Works Bill, listen to the interview with Brad Holland: