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

May 5, 2008

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

May 5, 2008

BACKGROUND

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to mark-up the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 (S. 2913) on Thursday, May 8. AALL has long supported the need for orphan works legislation although we have raised a number of concerns with the bill. Our most pressing concern before Thursday’s mark-up is that we unequivocally oppose any effort to amend S. 2913 to include the “dark archive” provision of H.R. 5889 or other weakening amendments.

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED

If your Senator is listed below as a member of the Judiciary Committee, please make a call immediately, through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or their district office. If your Senator is not listed below, please call the bill’s sponsors, Senators Patrick Leahy and Orrin Hatch.

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 the House bill, 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 inclusion of the “dark archive” provision of H.R. 5889 during Thursday’s mark-up of S. 2913.

Thanks,

Mary Alice Baish
Acting Washington Affair Office Representative

LIST OF SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

DEMOCRATS:

Patrick Leahy, Chair
D-VERMONT

Edward M. Kennedy
D-MASSACHUSETTS

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
D-DELAWARE

Richard J. Durbin
D-ILLINOIS

Charles E. Schumer
D-NEW YORK

Herb Kohl
D-WISCONSIN

Dianne Feinstein
D-CALIFORNIA

Russell D. Feingold
D-WISCONSIN

Benjamin L. Cardin
D-MARYLAND

Sheldon Whitehouse
D-RHODE ISLAND

REPUBLICANS:

Arlen Specter, Ranking Member
R-PENNSYLVANIA

Orrin G. Hatch
R-UTAH

Jeff Sessions
R-ALABAMA

Charles E. Grassley
R-IOWA

Lindsey Graham
R-SOUTH CAROLINA

Jon Kyl
R-ARIZONA

John Cornyn
R-TEXAS

Sam Brownback
R-KANSAS

Tom Coburn
R-OKLAHOMA

[Posted by Mary Alice Baish]


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