International Confederation Condemns U.S. Orphan Works Act


International Confederation Condemns U.S. Orphan Works Act

Last week,the International Council of Creators of Graphic, Plastic, and Photographic Arts (CIAGP) adopted the following resolution:

“Resolved that the artists rights societies of 31 countries, members of CIAGP, under the aegis of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), hereby expresses its condemnation of any effort by the United States Congress to legitimize and endorse an ‘orphan works’ regime, which would function to the great detriment of the creators of these works, and deprive them of their artists’ rights.”The resolution was unanimously adopted during the international conference of CISAC.

It was proposed by Dr. Ted Feder of the U.S., President of the Artists Rights Society

CIAGP is the visual arts division of CISAC. CIAGP collectively acts for over 100,000 artists, photographers and illustrators through artists rights societies in 31 countries. CISAC works towards increased recognition and protection of creators’ rights. Founded in 1926, CISAC is a non-profit organization headquartered in Paris.”

Well, well, well. Hundreds of thousands of artists around the world have come out against orphan works. And you know what? They managed to do it without taking money from Michael Petricone, Gary Shapiro, or the Digital Freedom Campaign. Or Google for that matter. In fact, these artists are probably the only ones who haven’t taken the king’s shilling.

Next time you hear the consumer electronics folks trying to pass themselves off as pro-artist and even speaking for artists, just remember who was there when the chips were down.