The Orphan Works Opposition Headquarters has suggested we all bombard our senators and congressman with postcards.
I'm taking it upon myself to throw a Orphaned Works Opposition Party to rally support from area artists that I know. I'm going to buy a stack of postcards, get them all labeled with the correct addresses, and invite people over for a nice big party to decorate the fronts of them in whatever way they deem appropriate to oppose the bill. Booze, art, and activism. If I can get it organized fast enough I will try to have the party hosted some place public and try to get media attention.
I suggest each and every one of us who is worried about this bill host a similar party. Make it easy (and fun) for friends and other concerned members of your arts community to get involved and cast a voice against this bill, and hopefully a flood of unique pieces of art in our local representative's office will make a memorable impact.
I'll suggest this to my gallery owners. As it is, I'm disabled and have a hard time leaving the house. So organizing it by myself is probably a no-go. I think I could certainly help with something like this, though. Good idea.
Fanficbug, thanks. I've started making phone calls and emails to people, and we're leaning away from the small party into making this a big thing. We're going to find a local place to host this (a bar or lounge) and really promote the hell out of this. I know promoters in the area who do all sorts of different events, so I've got the connections to hopefully turn this into a big enough deal to get some attention. I'm hitting up my local art store this weekend and am going to try to get a donation of some simple art materials for the card decorating, in exchange for being listed on all of the posters and other promotional materials. I may even be able to arrange a band to play (I can definitely get DJs). Everyone around here loves a good time, especially if it comes with doing something good.
Well I am in Wash DC area..
If any locals want to meet, just reply to my post.
"No matter where you go, there you are."
As an update for anyone interested, the party is coming along well. I've got a great location hosting it smack in the middle of down town New Haven (just a block from Yale), drink specials, art supplies donated from a local art supply store, music and more. This will be not only great exposure about the issue, but just plain a ton of fun. I've included here the logo I designed to help lend that extra sense of "this is serious".
A little about the logo, because I'm rather happy with it. I used a restrained primary color pallete to suggest "art", as well as used scans of fancy papers for the forms. The art tools are a no brainer, and of course the raised fist is just a must to create that sense of fighting injustice. If anyone else would like to use it for anything (non profit) opposing the Orphan Works Act I am freely sharing it for that purpose. PM me with your email address and I'll send you a PSD file.
I forgot to mention I've already done one interview for a local paper on the event and the issue.
Dude, if I can crash somewhere, I'll totally be there(upstate NY - about a five hour trip one way).
My housemates would kill me! Between girlfriends and us the place gets crowded enough haha. Still, if you do make it and find a place to crash, I'll be the guy in the middle of everything with the big red beard
Sweet - I've got a few people in the area, I'll see what I can do.
Rob note: Musicians have proven themselves to be powerful allies...
Nashville Town Hall Meeting to Discuss controversial ‘Orphan Works’ legislation”
by Illustrators' Partnership of America
Saturday June 21 2:00 PM
At Sunset Grill
2001 Belcourt Ave
Nashville, TN 37212
Admission Free/Open to Public
Congressman Jim Cooper and Congressman John Hall will hold a
"Town Hall Meeting" with Nashville's entertainment community this Saturday
to discuss music-industry issues such as the controversial "Orphan
Works" bill. The event is free and open to the public.
We hope all artists, cartoonists, photographers, art educators and
others in the Nashville area will attend to express their opposition to
this radical change to copyright law. It’s important to let lawmakers
know that this bill will affect all forms of art, damage small
businesses and open the door to cultural theft on an unprecedented scale.
Please contact others in the Nashville area. Urge them to attend and urge
them all to speak out.
Congressman Cooper represents the district that contains most of
Nashville's music business. He is a 2006 graduate of the Leadership Music
Congressman Hall is the only professional musician in Congress. Formerly a
Nashville resident, he is a first-term congressman representing District 19
in upstate New York. Hall founded Orleans and Co-wrote its classics "Still
the One" and "Dance with Me." His songwriting hits in Music City included
"Juliet" (The Oak Ridge Boys), "You Can Dream of Me" (Steve Wariner),
"Reach" (New Grass Revival), and "New Star Shining" (Ricky Skaggs). His
songs have also been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Chet Atkins, Linda
Ronstadt, James Taylor and Janis Joplin, among others.
"No matter where you go, there you are."
If anyone wants to throw one of these in soCal I'll be there. As it is my parents would go balistic if I threw one here at their house.
I'm hosting mine at a bar/lounge. Luckily I have pretty good connections around here and it was fairly simple for me to get people on board, and get media attention. I got a page and a half article in the big free weekly paper here, and have contacts to get mentioned in the other papers as well. New Haven is doing it's annual Arts and Ideas festival right now, so everyone is in a very Arts minded mode, which certainly helps.