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Cartoonists rally to defend copyright rights

Posted by Dan Wasserman  October 1, 2008 08:46 AM

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The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has redoubled its efforts to prevent passage of a revision to existing US copyright law (The Orphan Works Act). AAEC president, Ted Rall, has issued an appeal to Congress to reconsider the bill, judged by cartoonists, photographers, illustrators and other visual artists to threaten their rights to the reproduction of their work. Artists worry that the bill may get passed and signed while public and legislative attention is diverted by the mortgage meltdown. More info on the debate over the bill can be found on the Illustrators' Partnership Orphan Works blog.

UPDATE: The Orphan Works Act looks to be dead for the time being. Details here.

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Dan Wasserman has been cartooning for the Globe editorial page since 1985. He has published two collections of drawings, "We've Been Framed" (Faber & Faber, 1987) and "Paper Cuts" (Ivan R. Dee, 1995). His cartoons are widely reprinted and are syndicated internationally by Tribune Media Services. He draws more quickly than he types.
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