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 In Berne Convention, Copyright, Copyright Act, H.R. 5889, Orphan Rights, Orphan Works, S. 2913, TRIPS

Since yesterday, over 31, 000 letters have gone out from our Orphan Works advocacy site.

Q: What can we do next?

1. Write the House Judiciary Committee. We’ve set up a special alert to contact members of this important committee.

Go to our Take Action/Alert site:
http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/

Look for the sample letter labeled “Contact House Judiciary Committee NOW” and send it. If your Representative is not a member of the House Judiciary Committee, this will send him a message asking him to contact his colleagues on that Committee on your behalf, urging them to oppose the bill.

2. Ask for support from family and friends:

Please ask your friends and family (5 to 10 others) who support your creative work to also go to the site. They can follow the instructions to easily send a message of opposition to this reckless bill. Look for the sample letter labeled “For Supporters of Visual Artists – Wrong to Weaken Copyright Law” and send it.

3. Spread the word to the public: Photosharing on Web will now be at risk:

Please alert your friends who post photos to the web their personal property will be at risk. Look for the sample letter labeled “For the Image-Making Public – Protect Personal Property”and send it.

For more information about the Orphan Works Act of 2008:

IPA Statement to House Subcommittee March 20, 2008
http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?searchterm=00261

IPA Senate Mark-up Comments April 30, 2008 http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/ow_docs

Geneva/ May 7, 2008 Orphan Works Bill Catches Global Attention, Intellectual Property Watch
http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/index.php?p=1028

MP3 Interview http://www.sellyourtvconceptnow.com/orphan.html

YouTube http://youtube.com/watch?v=CqBZd0cP5Yc

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