Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Orphan Works Panel at RAC: Monday, 27 April 2009

License to Steal?
Monday, Apr. 27, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The Orphan Works bill being considered by the U.S. Congress appears to be dead for the time being. But the legislation may be re-introduced later this year. The proposed amendment to the Copyright Act would allow museums, libraries and other "keepers of our heritage" to safely use copyrighted works if they cannot find the copyright owner to acquire a license. In principle, those are laudable goals. But opponents say the bill, as drafted, would infringe on artists' rights. Join our panel for a thought-provoking discussion about this controversial issue and learn what Orphan Works legislation would mean to you and your work.

Rebecca Stroder, attorney, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, and president of the K.C. Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
Shirley K. Baker, dean of university libraries, Washington University
Bill Vann, illustrator

Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar
(free parking behind the Pageant)
St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) serves the arts community by making referrals to lawyers and accountants; mediating arts-related disputes; publishing concise how-to guides; sponsoring seminars and public forums; arranging for guest speakers; maintaining a library and Web site; collaborating on arts advocacy initiatives; and providing access to
the national volunteer lawyers for the arts network.

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts
6128 Delmar, St. Louis, MO 63112


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