Take Action! Calls Needed TODAY to HOUSE JUDICIARY SUBCOMMITTEE Opposing “Dark Archive” Provision of Orphan Works Act

BACKGROUND

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.

Thanks,

Mary Alice Baish
Acting Washington Affair Office Representative

LIST OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY’S SUBCOMMITTEE ON COURTS, THE INTERNET, AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

DEMOCRATS

Hon. Berman
Chairman
California, 28th

Hon. Conyers Jr.
Michigan, 14th

Hon. Boucher
Virginia, 9th

Hon. Wexler
Florida, 19

Hon. Watt
North Carolina, 12th

Hon. Jackson Lee
Texas, 18th

Hon. Cohen
Tennessee, 9th

Hon. Johnson
Georgia, 4th

Hon. Sherman
California, 27

Hon. Weiner
New York, 9th

Hon. Schiff
California, 29th

Hon. Lofgren
California, 16th

Hon. Sutton
Ohio, 13

REPUBLICANS

Hon. Coble
Ranking Member
North Carolina, 6th

Hon. Feeney
Florida, 24th

Hon. Sensenbrenner Jr.
Wisconsin, 5th

Hon. Smith
Texas, 21st

Hon. Gallegly
California, 24th

Hon. Goodlatte
Virginia, 6th

Hon. Cannon
Utah, 3rd

Hon. Chabot
Ohio, 1st

Hon. Keller
Florida, 8th

Hon. Issa
California, 49th

Hon. Pence
Indiana, 6th

[Posted by Mary Alice Baish]

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