For those of you following or interested in the Orphan Works issue, I've just received this e-mail from the Illustrator's Partnership:
"FROM THE ILLUSTRATORS' PARTNERSHIP
ORPHAN WORKS BILL HOTLINED
THIS MEANS IT COULD PASS THE SENATE THIS AFTERNOON
PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS IMMEDIATELY
ASK THEM TO PUT A "HOLD" ON THE BILL:
S2913 THE SHAWN BENTLEY ORPHAN WORKS ACT OF 2008
TELL THEM YOU OPPOSE THIS CONTROVERSIAL BILL
ASK THEM NOT TO PASS IT WITHOUT A FULL AND OPEN HEARING
WARN THEM THAT IT WILL DO GREAT HARM TO SMALL BUSINESSES
To find your Senators' phone numbers go to the Illustrators' Partnership Orphan Works site:
At the top of the home page, click on "Elected Officials"
You'll find a US map:
Click on your state,
Then click on each Senator's name,
Then click "Contact."
This will give you their phone numbers.
Please phone and fax them both."