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October 3rd, 2008 at 09:56 am

What OWOH Needs You To Do NOW Letter 2

LETTER #2:

Dear Rep. (Conyers, Delahunt, Nadler, Berman),

Please, please, help me. For months I have been
contacting members of Congress regarding my
opposition to H.R. 5889, the Orphan Works Act of
2008. This legislation, if passed as written,
will have devastating consequences for millions
of copyright holders. On Friday, the Senate
passed their version of the Orphan Works bill,
and my worst fears will be realized if the House follows suit.

I am totally outraged that now­

*UNDER COVER OF NIGHT
* UNDER COVER OF AN ECONOMIC CRISIS
* UNDER COVER OF ANOTHER TELEVISED DEBATE

… when we were led to believe that the bill would
not be passed by the 110th Congress… NOW is when
Congress is trying to re-write our copyright laws.

I am part of a loosely formed alliance of 75
organizations representing over 500,000 artists,
photographers, musicians and writers­AND WE WANT
OUR VOICES HEARD. Please do NOT allow this bill
to pass now­ and do NOT adopt the Senate version
of the bill. This radical change to copyright law
is not in the best interests of our
country­especially given the economic crisis we
are facing. In the upcoming election this will be
a vote-deciding issue for me and many artists
like me. We want to have a voice in crafting
appropriate Orphan Works legislation which will
not devastate multiple industries, and despite
what you may have been told we have not been
given that opportunity. Please help us make that happen­in the 111th Congress.

I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Your name

THANK YOU FOR DOING EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO MAKE
SURE THIS LEGISLATION DOES NOT PASS.

 

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