Every creative professional should know about the details of the Orphan Works legislation currently being considered by Congress. This is a terribly important issue for people like us who make a living with our ideas and images. Here are some resources to help you educate yourself:

Creative Industry Websites:

Graphic Artists Guild: Orphan Works News

ASMP: Orphan Works Status

Professional Photographers of America: Copyright

Audio Podcasts:

MP3 GAG: Conference Call with Lobbyist Megan Gray – May 2008 [1hr 21 min]

MP3 ASMP: Orphan Works Provisions – May 2008 [5 min]

MP3 ASMP: Orphan Works Politics – May 2008 [4 min]

MP3 ASMP: Orphan Works Myths – May 2008 [4 min]

MP3 ASMP: Orphan Works Web Suggestions – May 2008 [4 min]

MP3 ASMP: Orphan Works Provisions for Photographers – May 2008 [4 min]

Actual Pending Legislation:

House Bill (H.R. 5889)

Senate bill (S. 2913)

Seattle Event: Thursday Evening, September 11, 2008

This Thursday in Seattle, get an up-to-the-minute look at the political status of the two Orphan Works bills now in Congress. Lisa Shaftel, Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) National Advocacy Committee Chair talks about what’s likely to happen next. She’ll discuss the many things you can do to protect your own work. Plus, she’ll quell many Internet rumors about this bill. Presented by SPGA/Seattle Chapter of GAG and ASMP.

Thursday, September 11, 2008 from 6:30-9:00 at MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry)