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Joan Lee <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 22 May 2008 20:27:36 -0400
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At least she got a reply. Here: nothing. So I don't know whether the 
legislator is in favor or opposed to my views and evidence. Someone 
from downstate told me to wait about three months for a reply from 
either Snow or Collins, or both, as they often reply to their 
constituents. I'm underwhelmed. Joan

On May 22, 2008, at 6:21 PM, Gail Guth wrote:

>  sounds like his mind is made up already!   ;-(
> On May 22, 2008, at 2:35 PM, Linny Heagy wrote:
>> This is the reply I got from our senator. I am still awaiting a reply 
>> from other senator (Hutchison).
>>  Linny Heagy
>>  Arlington,TX
>>  ------ Forwarded Message
>> From: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 10:28:37 -0400
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Thank You For Contacting My Office
>>  Dear Ms. Heagy-Len:
>>  Thank you for contacting me regarding the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works 
>> Act of 2008 (S. 2913).  I appreciate having the benefit of your 
>> comments on this matter.
>>  As you know, S. 2913 was introduced in the Senate on April 24, 2008. 
>>  This legislation provides a limitation on judicial remedies in 
>> copyright infringement cases involving “orphan works”—copyrighted 
>> works whose owners may be impossible to identify and locate.  I 
>> strongly believe that we must protect the intellectual property 
>> rights of the authors, journalists, and artists who, through their 
>> creative pursuits, benefit all Americans.  I also understand that the 
>> issue of “orphan works” presents a real problem to both content 
>> creators and to content users.  Potential users of "orphan 
>> works"—such as the libraries and museums who work to preserve 
>> historical journals, records, and films—shy away from materials for 
>> fear of being sued should an owner emerge.  
>>  While potential users suffer as "orphan works" fade into disuse, the 
>> creators also lose.  Not only do creators receive no monetary 
>> compensation for "orphan works" that are never used, but they also 
>> lose the benefit of having their work viewed and appreciated.  For 
>> example, a vast treasure trove of documentary and artistic films from 
>> the early days of cinema are now disintegrating in their boxes 
>> because the film preservationists and historians who would restore 
>> them are afraid of copyright liability.  
>>  On May 15, 2008, an amended version of S. 2913 was passed by the 
>> Senate Judiciary Committee and awaits further consideration by the 
>> full Senate.  This legislation is intended to help fix the "orphan 
>> works" problem while taking into account concerns expressed by 
>> content creators.  You may be interested to learn that S. 2913 has 
>> been endorsed by the Recording Industry Association of America, as 
>> well as independent librarians, historians, and preservationists.  
>>  I appreciate the opportunity to represent Texans in the United 
>> States Senate, and you may be certain I will keep your thoughts in 
>> mind as S. 2913 and other relevant legislation is considered. Thank 
>> you for taking the time to contact me.  
>>  Sincerely,
>>  United States Senator
>>  517 Hart Senate Office Building
>>  Washington, DC 20510
>>  Tel: (202) 224-2934
>>  Fax: (202) 228-2856
>>  Please sign up for my monthly newsletter at 
>>  Due to the nature of electronic communication, if you did not 
>> receive this e-mail directly from my office, I cannot guarantee that 
>> the text has not been altered.  If you have questions about the 
>> validity of this message, or would like to respond to this message, 
>> please use the web form available at my website, 
>>  ------ End of Forwarded Message
> Gail W. Guth
> Guth Illustration & Design
> 139 Lathrop Avenue
> Battle Creek, MI  49014-5076
> 269-963-1311
> FAX: 269-969-0652