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May 9th, 2008 at 09:29 am

The Orphans Work Act MUST BE STOPPED

Often times I find things written exactly as I wish I could:

This is one of those, although well mixed with, MMOG I wish it weren’t so important, but it is

Help yourself, help your future, and help keep the business of quality design alive:


Hi Everyone,

Most of you know that the 2008 versions of the Orphan Works legislation which were introduced by both the House and the Senate on April 25th have been fast tracked. The IP subcommittee of the House met to mark up the bill this afternoon, and the Senate subcommittee will be meeting tomorrow morning. The art licensing community is strongly opposed to the bills because we are extremely concerned about losing our ability to earn a living by licensing our work for commercial use– which is what we believe will happen if this legislation passes.

If enacted, this legislation will basically allow anyone to use a design after a ‘reasonable search’– without the copyright holder’s permission. Even if the copyright holder objects, he has no recourse because the bill eliminates the statutory damages that currently prevent rampant infringement. The bill further requires copyright holders to register their work on a digital database system that does not currently exist. Yet the bill will be enacted whether or not these databases­and the technology needed to effectively search them­ever come into existence. It is a very serious situation for all visual artists­ designers, photographers, illustrators, and painters­ as well as the manufacturers who license and use our work.

Attached to this e-mail are pdfs detailing the objections to the bills (one for the House version, one for the Senate version). I’ve also included a letter I sent to my Congressman, Ric Keller, along with some background information about the Art Licensing industry. Time is of the essence­ we need to let people know about the devastating consequences this legislation could have for us ­and we need to do it NOW.

Take Action: Don’t Let Congress Orphan Our Work
2 minutes is all it takes to write Congress and protect your copyright: Just click on the link below, put in your zip code and it will automatically bring up the e-dresses of your congressional leaders.


Thanks for taking action! Together we can make a difference.

Best wishes,

PS Feel free to forward this message.


Joanne Fink
Lakeside Design
345 Eden Trail
Lake Mary, FL 32746

407-330-0778 fax


PDF with additional information”

Art Licensing Industry Background

OW Letter – Congressman Keller

PRIMARY Ojbections to HR 5889

PRIMARY Objections to S 2913


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