IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED: Support Copyright Orphan Works Legislation

Legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and House that limits remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works. We need you to ask members of the House and Senate to support copyright Orphan Works legislation (H.R. 5889, S. 2913) that does not include a “dark archive” provision

While we strongly support legislation resolving the orphan works problem, we recommend the Senate version of the bill over the House version. As time is running out, we ask that you contact your Senators and Representatives (with priority given to members of the Senate), to communicate the library community’s enthusiastic support for orphan works legislation that does not include a “dark archives” provision.

SENATE COMMUNICATION

→ If you are a constituent of a Senator on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary:

Contact your member on the Senate Judiciary Committee (see list below) prior to the scheduled markup hearing on Thursday, May 8, 2008 to convey that we strongly support the need for Orphan Works legislation (S. 2913); however, we cannot support legislation that is amended to include the “dark archive” or other weakening amendments.

→ For all Library Supporters:

Contact Senate bill sponsors Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Hatch (R-UT) prior to the May 8th markup hearing in support of Orphan Works legislation that does not include a “dark archive” provision, or other weakening amendments.

HOUSE COMMUNICATION

→ If you are a constituent of a Representative on the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee:

Contact your member on the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property (see list below) prior to the scheduled markup hearing on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 to support Orphan Works legislation (H.R. 5889) only if it is amended to remove the “dark archive” provision.

→ For all Library Supporters:

Contact House bill sponsors Representatives Berman (D-CA), Coble (R-NC), Smith (R-TX), and Conyers (D-MI) prior to the May 7th markup hearing in support Orphan Works legislation if it is amended to remove “dark archive” provision.

* Phone calls directly to the Representative or Senator’s district office are a very effective way to communicate your message.

Talking points, background and Congressional Committee members located on the ALA Legislative Action Center.

For further information, please contact:

Corey Williams Green
Associate Director, ALA Office of Government Relations (OGR)
cwilliamsgreen@alawash.org
800-941-8478

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About Jacob Roberts

Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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