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Urgent Copyright News!!! Make Your Voice Heard!

March 20, 2010 by admin  
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I received this in an email from Mark Lissick:

All comments must be submitted by Wednesday, March 24 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

I know that many of you maintain your own websites and draw income from your images. With the advancements of digital technology and the internet the issue of pirating, copyright and intellectual property rights abuse has become a significant issue. Washington is beginning to address this matter and is currently on a fact finding mission seeking opinions and information from the art world.

There is an effort being made to develop some new laws and procedures regarding copyright abuse on the government level. As photographers, you have a unique opportunity to bring your opinions about copyright directly to the government. A notice about this was recently sent to all NANPA members asking that you send your input into Washington. If you are a NANPA member I encourage you to follow up on this. For those of you who are not and are interested in expressing your opinion I have included herein the information sent to me by NANPA.

As required by an Act of Congress (The PRO-IP Act of 2008), Ms. Espinel and her White House team are preparing a Joint Strategic Plan that will include your feedback on the costs and risks that intellectual property infringement has on the American public.

Here’s how to make yourself heard!

Send an email to Ms. Espinel and the Obama Administration:

Begin your letter with “The North American Nature Photography Association has informed me of this welcome invitation from the Obama Administration to share my thoughts on my rights as a creator.”

Include in your email: your story, why intellectual property rights are important to you, how piracy and infringement affect you, and what the U.S. government can do to better protect the rights of creative Americans.

Also include in your email: your name, city, state, and what type of artist you are.

DO NOT include any personal or private information as all comments will be posted publicly on the White House website.

All comments must be submitted by Wednesday, March 24 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

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