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message 1: by Rowena (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 332 comments Mod
While voting is on everyone's mind (in the USA) maybe it would be a splendid idea if more of us encouraged our contacts to vote one way or another on COICA by displaying the free widget on our blogs.

Javascript for widget


URL
http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/...

The open congress poll on s3804 needs more help, but this one looks better!

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-...

Best wishes,
Rowena Cherry


message 2: by Rowena (new)

Rowena (Rowenacherry) | 332 comments Mod
I should like to join Lucinda Dugger in encouraging all writers to make time this week to speak out for the benefit of Congress about how e-book piracy is affecting us. If you haven't noticed it, check out wiredshelf.com (but do not subscribe, because ... if you think about it.... why would you entrust your credit card info to Chinese/Russian pirates who make their living ripping off authors?).

This is a message from Lucinda Dugger, Director of The CopyrightAlliance.org, shared with permission.
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Dear Copyright Advocates,

Rumor has it that legislation addressing the issue of rogue sites and digital theft will be introduced this week by the Senate. If that happens, folks across the country will be speaking up in favor of or opposing the legislation. I'll keep you posted about these developments in Washington, DC as they happen. But, in the meantime, I'd like to pass along a couple ways in which you can speak up about the impact of digital theft on you and those around you.

1. Check out this new website http://www.artistsagainstdigitaltheft.... This website talks about how digital theft affects the lives of artists, creators, and those working in creative fields. It also talks about policy developments related to the issue and highlights some good articles and blogs from the artist's perspective. Finally, the website gives ideas on how you can take action in support of legislation that addresses the issues of rogue websites and digital theft.

2. Tell your Congressmen. It takes about 30 seconds to send this online letter to your elected officials. The letter basically says, 'Hey, digital theft harms all creators and also the communities you represent. Support legislation that addresses this issue.' You can sign the letter by going to the website above or just go here:
http://www.capwiz.com/musicrightsnow/...

3. Get published in your local newspaper. Letters or guest columns in your local newspapers go a long way toward making your voice heard. Contact me at ldugger@copyrightalliance.org if you have questions or need suggestions for how to accomplish that.

Expect to hear more from me in the coming days and weeks about this issue. Until then, speak up. It's your work, your livelihood - if you don't speak up for yourself, who will?

Best,
Lucinda Dugger
Director of Outreach

ONE VOI©E: SPEAK UP FOR CREATORS' RIGHTS
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