In Berne Convention, Copyright, Copyright Act, Orphan Rights, Orphan Works, TRIPS

After nearly three months of closed-door negotiations, the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property has drafted an Orphan Works bill.

It incorporates a number of changes that will improve the draft language originally proposed by the Copyright Office. These changes will limit the damage the original proposal would have caused, but there are still major areas that will put artists’ and photographers’ work at risk.

Over the next several days, we’ll try to summarize where we stand and we’ll call on you again to join us and other organizations in a coordinated letter writing campaign to your House representatives. Your letters have made a big difference so far. We need to persevere. Thanks as always for your patience and support.

The Board of the Illustrators’ Partnership

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