Daryl Cagle Daryl Cagle, 9/27/2008 [Archive]

I'm asking for your help

I'd like to ask our readers to help our

cartoonists with an urgent problem.
TARGET="_blank">We are asking you to send an email on behalf

of the cartoonists
.The Senate just passed the "Orphan

Works Bill," quickly, behind closed doors and without a

vote, through a controversial practice known as "hotlining."

The bill rewrites the copyright law in ways that are devastating

to cartoonists, artists, writers, photographers and songwriters.



The two artists organizations I'm active

in, the

TARGET="_blank">National Cartoonists Society

and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, and dozens

of other trade organizations
, are

urging their members to write to their congressmen at this hour,

because there is a risk that the House will pass the Senate version

of the bill, again without debate and without a vote, by adding

it to a larger budget or bailout bill at the end of the current

session, in the next few hours.



The Orphan Works bill is being pushed by

Google, which plans to catalogue millions of images and doesn't

want to deal with the rights of copyright holders.The bill

will make it easy for anyone to reprint copyrighted work, without

the permission of the copyright holder, and artists will find

that it is difficult or impossible to control where their work

is reprinted.The bill also imposes new costs and procedures

on artists, all to benefit Google.



I'd like to ask everyone who reads my blog,

or subscribes to my newsletter, to do the cartoonists a favor

by emailing their congressman and asking him or her to oppose

the Orphan Works Bill now, by
TARGET="_blank">visiting this web site
, which helps you to

send an automatic email to your congressman.It is quick and

easy to send this email, and it would be much appreciated by

the desperate cartoonists.



To learn more about the Orphan Works Bill,


TARGET="_blank">visit here
.



I've never asked my readers for help before.

I'd really appreciate your help now.



Many thanks,

Daryl

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