The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property plans to mark-up the Orphan Works Act of 2008 (H.R. 5889) on Wednesday, May 7. AALL has long supported the need for orphan works legislation. However, we cannot support H.R. 5889 in its current form and have raised a number of concerns with the bill. Our most pressing concern before Wednesday’s mark-up is that we unequivocally oppose the “dark archive” provision of H.R. 5889.
IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED
If your Representative is listed below as a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, please make a call immediately, through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or their district office. If your representative is not listed below, please make a call to any of the bill’s sponsors: Representatives Howard Berman, Howard Coble, Lamar Smith or John Conyers.
After introducing yourself as a member of AALL, deliver the following message:
The Orphan Works Act is needed by libraries to limit remedies in copyright infringement cases involving orphan works. However, I strongly oppose the notice of use filing (the “dark archive”) provision in H.R. 5889, because it would limit the usefulness of the legislation by significantly increasing the cost of compliance. I urge you to reject the “dark archive” provision during Wednesday’s subcommittee mark-up.
Mary Alice Baish
Acting Washington Affair Office Representative
LIST OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY’S SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, THE INTERNET, AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Hon. Conyers Jr.
North Carolina, 12th
Hon. Jackson Lee
New York, 9th
North Carolina, 6th
Hon. Sensenbrenner Jr.
[Posted by Mary Alice Baish]