I borrowed this from another site... very important that you read and sign the petitions! Us artists will lose what little bit of money we earn trying to copywrite every piece of art we make!
~Do you value art? How about the creators of the art?~
I work full time in a Deli slicing vegetables and meat and dealing with the public. Every day, either before or after work, I paint. My work sells but it takes me a long time to complete a painting. I love it and I won't stop until I am physically incapabable of doing this.
Currently there is a bill before US Congress which, if passed, will effectively steal my art. Some of my paintings could have sold several times over. People who request a certain piece after it has already gone are disappointed but often pleased that I can make a framed print or card for them. I get a little extra money for this. It helps.Suppplies cost. Galleries charge commissions. Shipping costs can be extravagant. If I have to add registration costs and TIME to this.....
This is not just about painters either. Any of you who have online photo albums or have ever entered a photograph into a competition are at risk. Companies will be able to simply use your photos, instead of paying an artist for work which they can then use in advertising.
Mark Simon, writing forAnimation World, explains the impact much better than I.
"Currently, you don't have to register your artwork to own the copyright. You own a copyright as soon as you create something. International law also supports this. Right now, registration allows you to sue for damages, in addition to fair value.What makes me so MAD about this new legislation is that it legalizes THEFT! The only people who benefit from this are those who want to make use of our creative works without paying for them and large companies who will run the new private copyright registries.These registries are companies that you would be forced to pay in order to register every single image, photo, sketch or creative work.It is currently against international law to coerce people to register their work for copyright because there are so many inherent problems with it. But because big business can push through laws in the United States, our country is about to break with the rest of the world, again, and take your rights away.With the tens of millions of photos and pieces of artwork created each year, the bounty for forcing everyone to pay a registration fee would be enormous. We lose our rights and our creations, and someone else makes money at our expense.This includes every sketch, painting, photo, sculpture, drawing, video, song and every other type of creative endeavor. All of it is at risk!If the Orphan Works legislation passes, you and I and all creatives will lose virtually all the rights to not only our future work but to everything we've created over the past 34 years, unless we register it with the new, untested and privately run (by the friends and cronies of the U.S. government) registries. Even then, there is no guarantee that someone wishing to steal your personal creations won't successfully call your work an orphan work, and then legally use it for free.In short, if Congress passes this law, YOU WILL LOSE THE RIGHT TO MAKE MONEY FROM YOUR OWN CREATIONS!"
If you care, if you think legislating theft is wrong, please let your congressman/woman hear your objections.online petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/dAvsOW/petition.html
templates of letters to help you respond: http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/
more info, for those of you who like official govt sites - US Copywrite officehttp://www.copyright.gov/orphan/
Please help stop this!!!!!