9.29.2008

does Google have a right to my creative property?

LINK IS FIXED!
This is most recent illustration i've made for the cover of a local catalogue. but unless i register it at $30 dollars, its fair game for google.

Bloggers, you are all creative people. i see that many of you have copyrighted your entire site. if you are not already aware of how endangered your creative work is, you need to read this post and follow the provided link.

Because of the scramble on the bail-out bill, the Orphan Works bill was passed in the Senate under the radar. It's about our copy rights for visual artists, writers, photographers and songwriters...anyone in the creative field. If this Orphan Works bill passes through the House , we artists will be obliged to pay Google, directly or indirectly, $200 for each piece, song, image, etc. we create in order to protect our copyright.

At this time, all we have to do is sign our work, put the date and the"circle c" and we have a copyright. If we want more protection, ie. from court costs on infringement issues, we can send our images and $30 to the Copyright Division of the Federal Government, and then we are registered.

I don't think any of us want to further enrich an huge and very wealthy company and make it easier for them to catalogue and use artist's work without their consent. As we have seen, especially in the recent weeks, the corporations (and the government in cahoots with them) have not served well for the ordinary US citizen. And, for most of us artists, our copyright is one of our most valuable assets. If we have no protection unless we pay, what for most of us, is big money for each creation, then we have no way to make a living.

orphan works act petition

since we are in activist mode (and thank you to anyone who called congress to say NO to paulsons shakedown) Please take the time to sign the petition and call your congressman or woman as well. 202 224 3121 (i bet you know that by heart, don't you? ;-)

Please click on the site provided...there is a form letter there and it's easy...send it out and help yourself and/or your artist friends.

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21 Comments:

Blogger Aunty Belle said...

I am ON THIS! GO Dawg, you tell em'! This is simple slimy theft! AND< it is jes' the first step--next they will levy a penny or two on every link, every blog post--no end in sight if they get away with this.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

I cain't git the link to work--is it me?

8:34 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

What a crock. The pilthering of society seems to have no ends.






United In Peace And Freedom

9:32 PM  
Blogger foam said...

you know i'll be on this ..

3:41 AM  
Blogger the walking man said...

Thank you I have placed a copyright on my blog because of this legislation. The link you provide is dead though so at this time I will have to e-mail the MI legislative body.

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Fishy said...

So very annoying!
Also could not connect to the link!
Love your Christmas birds... so generous of you to share the joy with others through your art ... I would hate to miss it cause it's too expensive to protect and therefore too expensive to share? So outrageous!

3:58 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

Link is fixed! sorry about the inconvenience. when you go there, at the top right you enter your zip code which takes you to another page. then it goes directly to your representative.

aunty: no end in sight is right. now is the time to push back hard. it becoming a full time job.

american hillbilly: got that right. and so much more.

foamy: thank you!

the walking man: welcome to the yard. might be even more effective the way you are handling it. thanks so much.

fishy: thank you! i am very worried about ideas to manage and control the internet. its the one way we have to organize and *they* can't have that.

6:25 AM  
Blogger /t. said...

love yr
illustration

you, birds, christmas
seems like a natural mix :)

¤ ¤ ¤

/t.

7:08 AM  
Blogger The Troll said...

Pretty picture. Thanks for letting us know what Al Gore and Google are up to. Scumbags.

7:11 AM  
Blogger moi said...

Gah. When will it end? Done, sent, passed along.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

Just added my ISP number to this additional outrage by the government. Since the Internet is technically "free", the financial industries try to make money on mobile connections (check out the taxes if you have broadband), rip off software protecting your computer, scare tactics to insure your computer--now they want to pull this nasty. I have a creative commons license on my blog--I know some people have lifted stuff and I've called them on it when it is discovered, but most of my entries are not what I consider my creative work. But with this in mind, I can see that it is only a matter of time that they find ways to screw us even more out of our free expression or try to make money off of it because we hate the bailout plan. You have my support and I will spread the word.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Heh--ain't sure if this heps none, but I sent it to local intellectual property rights attorneys--mebbe they will see their servies become moot, or mebbe they will love it--means more lawsuits??

9:00 AM  
Blogger Anonymous Boxer said...

WTF?

I'm on it. I have a brother who is an artist and the other day he found his images on YouTube - someone had put them to music. He was credited, but still... to think they were so easily taken... and to pay effectively ransom is crazy.

Thanks K9. You are the WATCHDOG. xoxox.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Middle Ditch said...

Thanks for the warning. Nice pic, must stay yours

10:46 AM  
Blogger Ruela said...

thanx,
cool work.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Check out the BACK Porch--heh--see who the New Yawk TImes fingers fer the mortgage meltdown...heh heh.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

what happened to the civilization poster post??

11:40 AM  
Blogger puerileuwaite said...

Will do. Thanks.

6:58 AM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Gotta pay for that bailout some how. Might start writing "Sample" across my photos...

6:38 PM  
Blogger cathy said...

This really sucks. I really enjoy seeing other peoples artistic efforts while blogging. If this goes through nobody will be able to blog their talent:(

1:06 PM  
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