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iban ibancorp at tds.net
Mon Feb 28 15:31:01 EST 2005

hey everyone,

please bear with me for a moment.  altho this may seem off-topic, it's not.

almost all of the original sources we use to research the old aeroplanes we
love fall into this "orphan" category of copyright law.

altho you may not have thot of it this way, we are much more involved in
photo-archeology than we are in aero-archeology, since most of what remains
of the history of aviation consists now of the texts, drawings, and photos
we study, not the actual aeroplanes, the vast majority of which are gone

this means that almost all of the primary sources available to us are mired
in this copyright swamp (as, in fact, is most of the published work of the
first two thirds of the 20th century--about half of everything that has ever
been written in human history).

we aviation buffs are particularly impacted by this, because let's face it,
most of what has been published in our field has been written by somewhat
obscure authors (in the grand scheme of things, tho not to us!) and put out
in small print runs, by small and often otherwise unknown publishers, many
of whom were never to be heard from again.  much of what still survives may
well be lost to those of us who are really interested, and to future
generations, unless we do our part to fix this broken international
copyright system.

please click on the link in the article below and just write a few sentences
to the u.s. copyright office explaining how the current situation effects
you as an aviation history enthusiast.  it will make a difference.

please also pass this on to other individuals and organizations you know
whose publication of their research into aviation history is handicapped by
the current state of affairs.  fixing this system can make a significant
difference to getting the sort of new reference works we love to see,
published.  not to mention being able to get much better access to works
that are of great interest but currently out of print, while not due out of
copyright for many decades to come.

thanks for your time.  we now return you to your regularly scheduled



-----Original Message-----
From: EFFector list [mailto:editor at eff.org]
Subject: EFFector 18.6: Action Alert - Help Save the Orphan Works!

EFFector  Vol. 18, No. 6  February 25, 2005  donna at eff.org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

* Action Alert: Help Save Orphan Works!

When you can't find copyright holders, copyright becomes a
quagmire.  Let's fix it.

For designers, academics, artists, musicians, and filmmakers,
using copyrighted works can be a huge headache.  It can be
impossible to find out if a particular work is still under
copyright or not.  And even when people would happily pay
to use a copyrighted photo, passage, or video clip, it's
often impossible (or extremely costly) to find the
copyright holder.  When this happens, everybody loses.
Artists can't realize their creative vision, academics
can't clearly communicate their ideas, and copyright
holders don't get paid.  Even worse, important pieces of
our culture get needlessly locked away.

Right now, the US Copyright Office is asking for public
comment on the "orphan works" problem, so now's our
chance to make the system work better.  The Copyright
Office has specifically asked for comments from people
who have run up against the problem of trying to clear
a potentially copyrighted work - either for use in a new
creative effort or simply to make the work available
to the public once again.  If you have a story like
this, it's essential you make your voice heard before
the *March 25th* deadline.  Click on the link below to
submit comments directly to the Copyright Office - you
type, and we'll take care of the formatting and

Write to the Copyright Office today - and don't forget
to spread the word.  If your friends or colleagues are
academics, designers, filmmakers, writers, or artists,
it's likely that this problem affects them!


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