Friends, Artists, et al,
As most of you know,
I've spent most of my life, supporting Artist/Creator Rights--from my years leading the Society of Illustrators in Dallas, to many years teaching commercial art in various schools and Universities, to lecturing on copyrights and trademarks, launching of art scholarships,to representing illustrators, publishing artists works, supporting the return of original art to artists (including the current Babbitt Holocaust case), etc. -- In all these years, NO issue has ever been more crucial or demanded more grassroots movement than the Orphaned Works Bill currently in Congress. I have been vocal for some time now in opposing this Bill in Congress which wants to deprive creators of exclusive rights and protections currently available under the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, and the international TRIPs Agreement.
Below is a link to a revealing interview between animator, Mark Simon and
Society of Illustrators Hall of Famer, Brad Holland on the subject.
Please join me, Brad Holland, The New York Society of Illustrators, and so many others in calling and writing you legislators to voice your opposition to this Bill.
More information can be found on the Internet including at The Illustrators Partnership of America www.illustratorspartnership.org and: Illustrators' Partnership Orphan Works Blog:
Over 80 organizations oppose this bill (H.R.5889 / S.2913), representing over half a million creators. Illustrators, photographers, fine artists, songwriters, musicians, and countless licensing firms all believe this bill will harm their small businesses.
NOTE: It is likely you have heard from me on this before. If you receive an email too many, your patience is very much appreciated --this is very important to every creative person.
Sample letters and Representative contact info is at:
J. David Spurlock