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I've bookmarked a couple of additional articles on the topic that may be of interest:

A children's book illustrator takes issue with the graphicpolicy.com article that Catherine shared:
http://willterry.blogspot.com/2015/07/your-copyrights-are-about-to-change.html

A 'creative business' attorney's different take on the orphan works proposal; interesting discussion in the comments:
http://www.workmadeforhire.net/the-rest/whats-this-orphan-works-business-about/

I agree with Gail & others, there's nothing wrong with expressing strong opinions about this. Whatever one's take on the report, it proposes sweeping changes while being less than clear about a lot of the details.


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On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 8:22 AM, Gail Guth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi, Catherine,
Thanks for sharing this, it's interesting and informative. However, I don't think any of us need to be embarrassed, and in fact I still don't think there's anything to be embarrassed about. It was clear to me from the start that there was no legislation actually pending, but I don't see the Copyright Office asking for input like this unless proposals were being seriously considered.

This article is interesting in that it clarifies the process more, but I also see quite a bit of language that still makes it easy and comfy for "infringers" to claim they did due diligence. There's a lot of fuzziness there, and the fuzziness does not benefit us in the least. I see no harm in slamming the
Copyright Office with our very strong opinions on the subject, especially as we had so short a time to comment on it.


Gail




On 7/27/15 9:51 AM, Catherine Wilson wrote:
Much like posting an urban legend and getting a link to snopes.com. I received this recently.

I'm bit embarrassed after getting so worked up. I would dearly love the opinions of GNIS members on this.



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