Thank you. I did.
> On Jun 18, 2018, at 6:06 AM, Melissa Widzinski <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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:
>>> If you want to know more about these bills there are explanations online
>> and on the Association for Recorded Sound Collections site, at
>>> 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
> Melissa Widzinski
> Audio Preservation Engineer
> Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative <https://mdpi.iu.edu/>
> Indiana University