The Illustrator's Partnership
has been monitoring the Congressional hearings on the United States Copyright Office's attempt to re-write the U.S. Copyright Act. For visual artists, one of the most important aspects of the debate is the issue of Orphan Works
. In a recent notice
, The Library of Congress, U.S. Copyright Office is seeking commentary on "how certain visual works, particularly photographs, graphic artworks, and illustrations, are monetized, enforced, and registered under the Copyright Act."
The Illustrator's Partnership has been an active force in protecting artists rights and states the following facts on their website:
-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-It would affect all visual art: drawings, paintings, sketches, photos, etc; past, present and future; published and unpublished; domestic and foreign.
Illustrator's Partnership also offers a complete overview of this important issue , how to write effective commentary, and provides access to the organization's previous filings. Make your voice heard by sending your digital comments (only) to copyright.gov
by no later than July,23 2015