In your letter to the Copyright Office:
It's important that lawmakers be told that our copyrights are our source of income because lobbyists and corporation lawyers have "testified" that once our work has been published it has virtually no further commercial value and should therefore be available for use by the public.
So when writing, please remember:
* It's important that you make your letter personal and truthful.
* Keep it professional and respectful.
* Explain that you're an artist and have been one for x number of years.
* Briefly list your educational background, publications, awards, etc.
* Indicate the field(s) you work in.
* Explain clearly and forcefully that for you,
copyright law is not an
legal issue, but the basis on which your business rests.
* Our copyrights are the products we license.
* This means that infringing our work is like stealing our money.
* It's important to our businesses that we remain able to determine
voluntarily how and by whom our work is used.
* Stress that your work does NOT lose its value upon publication.
* Instead everything you create becomes part of your
* In the digital era, inventory is more valuable to artists than ever before.
If you are NOT a professional artist:
* Define your specific interest in copyright, and give a few relevant
* You might want to stress that it's important to you that you determine
how and by whom your work is used.
* You might wish to state that even if you're a hobbyist, you would not
welcome someone else monetizing your work for their own profit
without your knowledge or consent.