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Copyright Message from Co-founder, Frank Costantino

July 7, 2015

A message from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators co-founder and Vice -President of the Illustrators Partnership of America (IPA), Frank Costantino.

Dear Director & Art Groups,

I am sending the attached alert to as many art groups of which I’m a member, exhibitor or have an association, to alert all artists to an imposing, sweeping law for Congress – a new proposed version of the Orphan Works Bill – that will subvert & subsume artist rights to their own work.

For the past 15 years, I have been a charter member and Vice-President of the Illustrators Partnership of America (IPA), the mother organization to a representative body of 12 national artists associations called the American Society of Illustrators Partnership (ASIP). I have been vigorously working with my colleagues from around the country to marshall support against this disadvantageous bill. The authors of this Alert notice are my colleagues & fellow officers who have helped research and frame this critical information.

As its Co-founder and President Emeritus, I also represent the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI), now 30 years old, and one of the oldest and most respected organizations of this profession worldwide. You can find more info on the above groups with the links in the above Alert, and here:
http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/index.php
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I am asking you to carefully read this article, understand its meaning and implications, and initiate action for the many members of your groups. The action consists of a letter to the copyright office stating one’s objections to this legislation, utilizing one or more of the suggested points that are outlined in the above document.

Please share this link, alert your members to action, provide direction, publicize wherever you can, and encourage submissions to the Copyright Office.

Your further distribution of this notice to other arts groups and independent artists would be most appreciated. I will continue to do the same.

As you may know or recall, earlier versions of proposed Orphan Works Bills were defeated in 2006 and 2008 via a similar grass roots response from IPA, ASIP, ASAI and other groups letters to Congress and the Copyright Office.

The urgency of now is the Copyright Office’s posted deadline of July 23 for submitting letters.

Your timely attention to my request can only accrue to your benefit, and all those you know. Let me know you have received this, if you will be able to initiate action, or if you might need further info.

Please do your part to protect your Art.
Many Thanks!
Frank M Costantino
ASAI, ASIP, FAIA, JARA, FSAI

FM Costantino, Cos.
617-846-4766
fmcostantino.com/gallery/