From the Illustrators Partnership (posted with permission):
The Copyright Office has posted the responses to its Visual Arts Notice of Inquiry:
They say they “received a large volume of initial comments,” and unlike previous letters, which they always posted individually, these have been posted in Adobe PDF Portfolio view.
The Copyright Office recommends you download the files rather than viewing in a browser. Go to the link above and you’ll see 7 pdfs. The first, captioned “Direct Initial Comments” contains 358 letters that the Copyright Office regards as directly responsive to the 5 questions they posed about current copyright law. The other letters are available in one of the 6 pdfs titled “General Initial Comments,” and contain 2,244 letters.
Download the pdfs and open them. Be patient: this could take several minutes. An error message may pop up: ignore it and proceed. When the file opens, it may appear to contain only one letter. Go to the menu at the upper left of the pdf portfolio file and click on “Files.” This will open a column with hundreds of names along the left hand side of the window. The letters are listed alphabetically by the author’s first name or organization name. If the letter you’re looking for is not in the “Direct” comments pdf, look for it alphabetically in one of the remaining 6.
Reply Comments are due October 1, 2015
American and foreign artists can both submit their letters online here.
Please be advised: “The Office intends to post the written comments and documentary evidence on its website in the form in which they are received. Parties should keep in mind that any private, confidential, or personally identifiable information appearing in their comment will be accessible to the public.”
Special note to foreign artists: If you are submitting from outside the US, under “State,” please scroll down to the bottom and select “Non U.S.A. Location.”
Read the Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry and Extension of Comment Period.
Read the 2015 Orphan Works and Mass Digitization Report.
This will be an opportunity for you to either endorse those comments you agree with or object to those you don’t. Or if you missed the first deadline, this will be a second chance to weigh in. We hope everyone will review as many of these letters as possible and consider responding.
– Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner for the Board of the Illustrators’ Partnership
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