Wednesday, July 30, 2008

ORPHANS WORK ACT

Do you take pictures?
Do you draw pictures and post them on the internet?
Do you write and post it on the internet?
Do you blog?
Do you have any kind of media work that you have created that is accessible to the public?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you have to read about The Orphans Work Act

If this passes, then anything you and I have written/photographed/created that is available anywhere online or in any media anywhere, even if it is licensed and/or copyright registered, it will be available to anyone to use in any manner they wish and profit from that use without paying you or me a penny. Unless, (of course there is an "unless" and it will cost) we register each and every work with a newly created database (companies yet to be formed) and pay for each item's registration. On top of licensing and copyright.

This has such serious implications, I cannot begin to list them out. I will predict that many blogs will suddenly be deleted, as well as Facebook, MySpace, Flikr and other such accounts.

It's time to contact your congressperson again. This bill needs to go down. Tell ALL your friends and family. Spread this news like hot frosting on a red velvet cake!

This is very very bad juju.


Here is another informative link from AIGA to read.

1 comment:

Kievas said...

So much for the Creative Commons license, I guess...