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"Orphan Works"
« on: May 08, 2008, 12:19:17 AM »
I know some of you guys on this board are photographers and I thought you might be interested in this.

Orphan Works Update – Your future on the line.

congress is considering the passage of a new orphan works amendment that will allow anyone in the US to use your photographs for any purpose, forever, without your advance permission, simply by failing to locate you.

This law, the orphan works act of 2008, is likely to pass unless significant opposition is voiced. If passed, it will have a very significant negative impact on your ability to succeed in your profession. Unless you act now and contact your state senators and representatives to express your opposition to the legislation.

There is also an upcoming demonstration at the van nuys office of Howard Berman, the major supporter of the bill before congress. it is important that as many photographers as possible show up to participate in that demonstration.

If you instead decide to oppose the bill, then you need to act immediately:
(1) Use this site to send a pre-written letter to your congressional representatives. This process will take no more than 5 minutes. Make sure that you also enter the email addresses of others there to spread the word.

(2) To participate in the demonstration, please contact Rebecca at APA/LA:
If you’d like to watch congress debating your future, there is a webcast scheduled for Wednesday at 11am pacific (2pm in DC) at just click on the “view live webcast” link for the subcommittee on the courts, internet and intellectual property, discussing H.R. 5889, the “Orphan Works Act of 2008”
More Information on Orphan Works:



If you are a photographer or visual artist, please go here and send a letter to your Congressman. If you are not, but simply do not like the fact that Congress is willing to give up visual artists hard work, please click here and send the letter to the names on the list.
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