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The Rumors were premature

January 20th, 2009 at 19:16 pm » Comments (0)

As the inimitable Mark Twain said….

Although I certainly would not be all that surprised (and apparently the rumors did exist or so I am told)…

After all I have not done anything on this blog in months. Besides it was somewhat close apparently.

Now that the consensus “I’ll Live”, and with many thanks to the wonderful folks at Carroll County Hospital and the ongoing care offered to the uninsured in this county by Access Carroll it is time to give this blog some attention.

Besides, part of getting healthy means getting back to a normal routine, so time and past time to share my thoughts.

Much of whatever energy I had has been devoted to “getting Zenned” and building Retail Web Sites, and that is an on going process – the impetus? Well, it would appear I won’t be able to travel any time soon (and have been “at home” all of 2008 traveling no further than the hospital as it happens)

Tied into that is that we have decided to destash with an eye to selling and moving to a smaller house. Much as I love this place, it is just not possible to take care of it, me, TheHenry & TheMom. So downsizing is needed.

We are evaluating what to continue to offer and what really “only sells at shows” and those things will be clearanced – mostly thru the CraftWolf.com domain and that which we plan to continue (particularly all things Clover) will be available thru the Retail Website, ItsAllJustString.com

I still hope to keep this blog relatively uncommercial, but will be including links to the products we are selling when it makes sense to do so.

The kick in the pants I needed was a request by a friend to move an old post to Deisgner Biz to the blog so she could point people at it. So I guess that will be my first (second?) blog-a-mentory of 2009.

Thanks to all who have been so very supportive this year, you will be in my thoughts forever.

So thanks for







Orphan Works Action Needed TODAY FRI October 3

October 3rd, 2008 at 10:08 am » Comments (0)

Even if you called before, please do so again today.

As most of you are aware, certain mega business interests have been trying to hide behind a bill supposedly meant to protect Libraries, museums, and educational research.

IF THESE BILLS DID ONLY THAT, then NONE of the members of more than 70 groups would continue to oppose the pending legislation.

Now, we are once again “up against it”

For the last 36 hours, after repeatedly assuring us that the bill would NOT be considered, apparently we have been deliberately misled
AGAIN

Undoubtedly you will be told that no action is planned but we have been told that before and it is ONLY by active participation of the Artistic community we were able to keep this off the floor UNTIL NOW.

Joanne Fink is the “Chair” of the OWOH group so I will let her explain (below) what we need to do.

However, I would ADD, when you call Congress members office,

You NEED to tell this THIS IS ABOUT YOUR LIVELIHOOD or the livelihood fo folks you would call friend – both those who sell patterns and those who offer them for free to users for the benefits they bring to thier personal websites.

Frankly all the financial bailouts in the world won’t matter if they thoughtlessly put you out of business by allowing big business (Getty, Corvus, and Google) the opportunity to screw it up a pattern author’s property rights as they have allowed banks & financial institutions to do thus far.

Congress is being LIED to by the Chair of the Copyright division and you need to let them know this matters – ONLY two organizations who lobbyist have other loyalties have been consulted.

Last but not least, you need to make sure they understand you vote and will remember all who did not OPPOSE this bill – including those who “just let it happen” by not actively opposing it.

Wheat

P.S. Permission to forward this information to ANY Group you think will have folks who will take action to stop the Stealing of your Property Rights







Orphan Works Oppostion, WHY we need your help NOW

October 3rd, 2008 at 10:07 am » Comments (0)

From Joanne Fink – coordinator for OWOH.org

Hi Everyone,

Bad news… Conyers, Berman and the House leadership are in active discussions to pass the House bill NOW. We had a scare earlier tonight when we thought that the bill would be put on the suspension calendar this evening (which means it would be voted on), but now it looks as though it will be tomorrow morning unless we can do something to prevent it!

After consulting with Brad Holland, Cynthia Turner and the other team leaders, here’s the strategy:

We need to get to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and
ask them NOT to allow H.R. 5889 to go on the calendar.

We also need to get to 4 critical members of the House Judiciary Committee and tell them NOT to
abandon their version of the bill and accept the Senate version.

This is SO important that we are asking everyone to phone, fax AND e-mail these six people
IMMEDIATELY. Perhaps if they all get 10,000+ messages in the next 24 hours it will have an impact.

Here is the contact information, followed by sample letters that you may use as is, or edit as you see fit. Please be aware that some of the representatives only accept e-mails from constituents.

If you have trouble getting through on their individual lines, you can also CALL CONGRESS:
1-800-828-0498. Tell the U.S. Capitol Switchboard

Operator “I would like to leave a message for Congressperson __________ that I oppose the
Orphan Works Act.” They will switch you through to the lawmaker’s office and often take a message
which also gets passed on to the lawmaker. Once you’re put through give the same message.

Best

Joanne

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Foot note from Wheat

If you care about your property, you need to help protect.







What OWOH Needs You To Do NOW Letter 2

October 3rd, 2008 at 09:56 am » Comments (0)

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.







What OWOH Needs you to do – Letter 1

October 3rd, 2008 at 09:53 am » Comments (0)

USE LETTER #1 FOR:

Rep. Nancy Pelosi AmericanVoices@ mail.house.gov
Phone: (202) 225 4965 Fax (202) 225-8259
Phone: (415) 556-4862 ( San Francisco office)

Rep. Steny Hoyer steny.hoyer@ mail.house.gov

Phone: (202) 225 4131 Fax (202) 225-4300
Phone: (301) 474-0119 ( Greenbelt office)

Phone: (301-843-1577 (Waldorf office)

USE LETTER #2 FOR:

Rep. John Conyers, Jr. john.conyers@ mail.house. gov

Also send it to his Judiciary LA Cynthia Martin: Cynthia.martin@mail.house.gov

Phone: (202) 225-5126 Fax: (202) 225-0072
Phone: (313) 961-5670 Fax: (313) 226-2085

Rep. William Delahunt william.delahunt@ mail.house.gov

Also send it to his Judiciary LA Julie Massimino: Julia.massimino@ mail.house. gov

Phone (202) 225 3111 Fax (202) 225-5658
Phone: (617) 770-3700 Fax: (617) 770-2984

Rep. Jerrold Nadler jerrold.nadler@ mail.house.gov

Also send it to his Judiciary LA Carole Angel: carole.angel@mail.house.gov

Phone: (202) 225-5635 Fax: (202) 225-6923
Phone: (212) 367-7350 Fax: (212) 367-7356

Rep. Howard Berman howard.berman@ mail.house. gov

Also send to his Judiciary LA: stephanie.williams@ mail.house. gov

Phone: (202) 225-4695 Fax: (202) 225-3196

Phone: (818) 994-7200 Fax: (818) 994-1050

LETTER #1:

Dear Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi/ House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer:

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 in total disbelief 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 certain members of Congress are trying to get their special interest bill passed.

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. We want to help craft 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 by not allowing H.R. 5889 to appear on the schedule for the rest of this session.

This radical change to copyright law is not in the best interests of our country­especially given the economic crisis we are facing. Surely Congress has more important things to worry about right now than passing a highly contested radical piece of copyright legislation.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Your name







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