You can still sign the petition without the use of facebook. I just did so.
Just uncheck the "share on facebook" box.
On Sat, Jun 16, 2018 at 4:21 PM Stewart Gooderman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Love to sign this but you are forcing the use of Facebook. I closed my
> account due to privacy issues, as I think *everybody* should. You need to
> find a better way to get signatures.
> > On Jun 15, 2018, at 4:00 PM, Tim Brooks <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > As some of you may know, copyright legislation is being actively
> considered in the U.S. Senate which would be very harmful to archives and
> scholars. The latest estimate is that it will be voted out of the Judiciary
> Committee in about one week.
> > However there has been considerable pushback against the portion of the
> Music Modernization Act (S.2823) called the "CLASSICS Act," which would
> give pre-1972 recording rights holders a windfall in the form of streaming
> royalties and even longer copyright terms, with no corresponding benefit
> for the public. Once they get the money, so to speak, there will be no
> reason for rights holders to compromise and allow provisions for
> preservation and access by archives, or establishment of a public domain
> for very old records (there currently is none in the U.S.).
> > Senator Wyden of Oregon has introduced a competing bill called the
> ACCESS Act (S.2933) which would grant rights holders royalties AND meet the
> needs of archives and scholars, including establishment of a public domain
> for recordings made more than 95 years ago. But rights holders are fighting
> hard to defeat it. They want everything, with no compromises.
> > Equal Citizens, an organization founded by noted copyright attorney
> Lawrence Lessig, and the online library Archive.org, have started a
> petition to urge senators to support ACCESS. Please consider signing it.
> Here is the link:
> > https://actionsprout.io/B13549
> > If you want to know more about these bills there are explanations online
> and on the Association for Recorded Sound Collections site, at
> > www.arsc-audio.org/blog.
> > Thanks to those ARSC members who have contacted their senator about
> these bills. It means a lot for them to hear from the public.
> > Tim Brooks
Audio Preservation Engineer
Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative <https://mdpi.iu.edu/>