Google is back again with their Orphaned Works project. Paraphrasing my buddy Don Maitz:
The Orphan Works proposal threatens to remove artist’s copyright control and force artists to register with digital conglomerates. They want access to sell and manipulate images without paying artists. It could put an end to freelance licensing, put existing licensors out of a job, and end retirement income for artist’s and their heirs. This organization, Illustrator’s Partnership has managed to sway Congress twice before but digital stock houses and major computer storage firms keep pouring money and effort to lobby for access to intellectual properties they can manage forever without paying the lawful creators—in fact, they want to make us pay to register with them… we get screwed out of money twice. As it is, IP s are being ripped off by infringing pirates. This proposed change to copyright allows the big fish to do the same legally.
Alert all your friends, sign up for messages at this website, and be prepared to fight for your livelihood:
From the link above:
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Return of Orphan Works Part 1: The Next Great Copyright Act
For more than a year Congress has been holding hearings for the drafting of a brand new US Copyright Act. At its heart is the return of Orphan Works.
Twice, Orphan Works Acts have failed to pass Congress because of strong opposition from visual artists, spearheaded by the Illustrators Partnership.
Because of this, the Copyright Office has now issued a special call for letters regarding the role of visual art in the coming legislation.
Therefore we’re asking all artists concerned with retaining the rights to their work to join us in writing.
Deadline: JULY 23, 2015
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