Time to Comment on Copyright

If you are concerned about your ability to make a living as an artist under proposed changes to copyright law, it is time to act. Over 2600 letters were written in the intitial comment period. Most by artists concerned about or against the proposed changes to copyright.  But now it is time to put a nail in the coffin. Below is a communication we are passing on from the Illustrators Partnership. Please take some time to read some of the letters written and either write a first one for yourself (in case you missed the initial opportunity), or comment on points made by others.  This is important to show that those interested in gaining access to your art, on their terms, will not have the last say...

Your GNSI Board of Directors supports strong protections for your copyrights, and urges you to stand up and do the same. Writing a letter to the Copyright Office will have real impact.

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From the Illustrators Partnership:

We want to thank all of you who wrote to the
Copyright Office several weeks ago regarding the return of Orphan Works legislation. The Copyright Office received nearly 2,600 letters, an unprecedented response.

Nearly all are from artists protesting the draft legislation proposed to Congress in June.

To put our response in context, orphan works legislation has been based on fewer than 215 letters sent to the Copyright Office in 2005. That means our initial response trumped those total comments by a factor of 10.

The letters have been posted here: http://copyright.gov/policy/visualworks/comments/
You may find accessing the full set of comments in this PDF a bit of a challenge. See these instructions if you have problems.

Now the next step will be to write "reply comments." We hope everyone will take the opportunity to write again.

A "reply comment" can take any form you'd like. We'd suggest 1 of 2 ways:
1.Take one or more comments you agree with and say that you agree.
2. Take one or more comments you disagree with and explain why you disagree.

We invite you to consider endorsing the letter submitted by the Illustrators Partnership. It's key sentence reads:

"Because Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution grants authors the exclusive rights to their work, it is our understanding that those rights cannot be abridged without a constitutional amendment."

The full letter can be found in Document #1: Direct Initial Comments
It's listed alphabetically under Illustrators Partnership

Reply Comments are due October 1, 2015

American and foreign artists can both submit their
letters online
here.

Comments must be submitted using the comment submission form or they will not be considered part
of the public record. 

Please be advised:

"The Office intends to post the written comments and documentary evidence on its website in the form in which they are received. Parties should keep in mind that any private, confidential, or personally identifiable information appearing in their comment will
be accessible to the public."

Special note to foreign artists:

If you are submitting from outside the US, under "State," please scroll down to the bottom and select "Non U.S.A. Location."

For those who didn't write the first time, please don't miss the opportunity to do so now.

- Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner for the Board of the Illustrators' Partnership

Please post or forward this artist alert to any interested party. 

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Attach is a PDF file of the comments submitted by the ASIP (American Society of Illustrators Partnership), supported by the GNSI, in response to the initial comments solicited by the Copyright Office. It makes several strong points on Constitutional issues, Contract Law issues, and the derth of comments supporting change. Well worth a read.

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