Thanks for the reminder, Gail. I just submitted my letter!
I would encourage everyone who is writing to also address the subjects listed in Part II of the Notice of Inquiry (link is in the "When and Where" box at the link Gail provided):

Here is the text I'm referring to from the Notice of Inquiry:

The Office invites comments that
address the subjects listed below. When
submitting a comment, please identify
the nature of your interest in this subject
(e.g., whether you are a creator, licensee,
1. What are the most significant
challenges related to monetizing and/or
licensing photographs, graphic
artworks, and/or illustrations?
2. What are the most significant
enforcement challenges for
photographers, graphic artists, and/or
3. What are the most significant
registration challenges for
photographers, graphic artists, and/or
4. What are the most significant
challenges or frustrations for those who
wish to make legal use of photographs,
graphic art works, and/or illustrations?
5. What other issues or challenges
should the Office be aware of regarding
photographs, graphic artworks, and/or
illustrations under the Copyright Act?

Emily S. Damstra
natural science illustration
Guelph, Ontario
(519) 616-3654
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Twitter: @EmilyDamstra

On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 8:59 PM, Gail Guth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hello, GNSI!


Artists Alert: From the Illustrators Partnership The Return of Orphan Works: "The Next Great Copyright Act"

For more than a year Congress has been holding hearings for the drafting of a brand new US Copyright Act. At its heart is the return of Orphan Works. Twice, Orphan Works Acts have failed to pass Congress because of strong opposition from visual artists, spearheaded by the Illustrators Partnership. Because of this, the Copyright Office has now issued a special call for letters regarding the role of visual art in the coming legislation. Therefore we're asking all artists concerned with retaining the rights to their work to join us in writing.

DEADLINE: July 23, 2015

Submit letters online to the Copyright Office.

Here are the Basic Facts

  • "The Next Great Copyright Act" would replace all existing copyright law.
  • It would void our Constitutional right to the exclusive control of our work.
  • It would "privilege" the public's right to use our work.
  • It would "pressure" you to register your work with commercial registries.
  • It would "orphan" unregistered work.
  • It would make orphaned work available for commercial infringement by "good faith" infringers.
  • It would allow others to alter your work and copyright these "derivative works" in their own names.
  • It would affect all visual art: drawings, paintings, sketches, photos, etc.; past, present and future; published and unpublished; domestic and foreign.

The "Next Great Copyright Act" would go further than previous Orphan Works Acts. The proposals under consideration include:

  • The Mass Digitization of our intellectual property by corporate interests.
  • Extended Collective Licensing, a form of socialized licensing that would replace voluntary business agreements between artists and their clients.
  • A Copyright Small Claims Court to handle the flood of lawsuits expected to result from orphan works infringements.

Please read the information in the above "Artist Alert" link, and think about writing a letter to the Copyright Office - BY THE JULY 23 DEADLINE!!

Gail Guth
GNSI Outreach Director

Gail Guth
Guth Illustration & Design
139 Lathrop Avenue
Battle Creek, MIĀ  49014-5076
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