Friday, April 11, 2008

Copyright "orphan" legislation

Call me paranoid and suspicious but this bit of legislation makes me raise my eyebrows. Will corporations be able to keep an orphaned "document" after they have done a "reasonable search" and been "unable" to find the creator of the work? Contact your senators and representatives.

http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/

Mark Simon was writing about a bill that died in 2006, but a new one
is being introduced as we speak (go to
http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200804/042408e.html to read info about
it). Please refer to the following websites for more up-to-date information, opinions (pro and con), and legal actions about the "orphan works" issue:

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/04/12/countering-the-fud-a.html

http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?
searchterm=00264


http://www.nikondigital.org/dps/dps-v-4-08.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphaned_work
http://www.ala.org/ala/washoff/woissues/copyrightb/federallegislation/
orphanworks/orphanworks.cfm
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