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This might be of interest. This thread is intended to spread the information, not as a place
to discuss the political situation, there are several threads for that purpose already.
Reposting from today's Illustrators' Partnership Newsletter:
(More info at http://ipaorphanworks.blogspot.com/)
March 18th 2010
White House Seeks Artists' Comments to Improve Copyright Protection
New Copyright Czar begins Joint Strategic Plan to Protect Intellectual Property
Victoria Espinel is the first U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC),
also known as the Copyright Czar. Congress created IPEC by an Act of Congress.
Ms. Espinel serves within the Executive Office of the President to coordinate
with all the federal agencies that fight the infringement of intellectual property.
Ms. Espinel and her team are specifically tasked with formulating and
implementing a Joint Strategic Plan to help protect the ingenuity and
creativity of Americans by improving the U.S. Government's protection of the
rights of intellectual property owners.
Your input is requested.
The White House is inviting your public input and participation to shape an
effective intellectual property enforcement strategy. Please respond with your
written submissions regarding the costs to you, your business and the U.S.
economy resulting from infringement of your intellectual property rights, both
direct and indirect.
This will be a 2-part process.
The first is to gather public recommendations by March 24. IPEC will then
gather your input on the formulated plan.
Please be precise.
Include your name, city, state, and what type of artist you are. Explain why
copyright is critical to you as a commercial artist, how infringement affects
you, and what the U.S. government can do to better protect the rights of
American artists. If your submission is about your economic loss due to
infringement of your copyrights you must clearly identify the methodology
used to calculate your losses or otherwise validate your infringement and
Your submission will be publicly posted.
For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a
confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary
If you have confidential business information that would support your
recommendation or that you believe would help the Government formulate an
effective enforcement strategy, please let them know by contacting:
Thomas L. Stoll
Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
Deadline: Submissions must be received by Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 5 p.m. EST.
Address: All submissions should be sent electronically via email@example.com
Additional Background Reading:
White House Blog
Federal Register Notice Request (pdf)
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What about those studying to become? is this for pros only?Explain why
copyright is critical to you as a commercial artist
One thing I'd like to suggest is if there is copyright infringement the artist/photographer should be compensated at the top end of the market, not the bottom. This way the commercial companies who would wish to use so called "Orphan Works" do make a diligent search to find the artist and come to some commercial arrangement or it could cost them mega bucks later and not the derisory token payments previously mooted.
Sadly the problem with copyright is it's too heavily industry controlled. The whole point of copyright was so that the regular folks can have their own monopoly on what they create.