Proposed Orphan Works Bills Will Radically Change Copyright

May 30th, 2008

If you haven’t noticed Congress is on it’s way to passing some legislation that will radically change the way copyright law works. Photographers owning copyrighted material will be effected by these laws if passed. I suggest taking the time to understand what is about to happen with copyright and if you don’t like it, express your opinion to your legislators.

Here are some resources for doing that:

  1. is an organization dedicated to opposing orphan works legislation.
  2. Larry Lessig, of creative commons fame has a great video (35 min) explanation of the history of copyright and background of the issue of orphan works.
  3. Carolyn Wright over at has been following this issue for some time and has a lot of good background material on the orphan works legislation.
Share this

3 Responses to “Proposed Orphan Works Bills Will Radically Change Copyright”

  • Thanks to Larry for putting this information out where it can be seen by those who will be affected. It appears that our legislators have forgotten the concept of a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

  • Larry, yet again, thanks for another timely and important piece of information. I am considering joining APA (Advertising Photographers of America) because they have some really effective lobbying and have legal services as part of the membership.

  • […] a month ago I did a post highlighting some background on the The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 legislation pending in the house and senate. […]

Trackback URI Comments RSS

Leave a Reply