Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Orphan Works Bill

Read Mark Simon's original article on how this bill will effect illustrators here.

Blogger Meredith Patterson's rebuttal can be read here.

And finally, read a level-headed analysis of the bill from Newsarama blogger/ lawyer Jeff Trexler. Trexler's last paragraph was especially well put:
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that in law writing, as in law practice, the battle is often won in the drafting stage. Multi-billion dollar industries that stand to benefit from harvesting others’ intellectual property have been pressing Congress on this issue for years, and you can be sure that the pressure did not relent between 2006 and today. Speaking as a historian as well as a lawyer, I would observe only that the blogosphere’s insistence that artists wait in silence while elites write the law is not lacking in irony.

Contact your elected officials here!

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