There is a bill currently in Congress called the Orphan Works legislation which could put aside Federal coyright protection and put it in the hands of private enterprise and you would have to pay a fee to get your photograpshs ownership protected.
If you care make your opinion on this known to your congressperson or senator.
Subject: IMPORTANT COPYRIGHT INFORMATION - The orphan works legislation.
I feel this legislation will hurt all creatives and needs to brought to your attention, so I'm doing my little part by forwarding these links.
The orphan works legislation, has been referred to as the end of copyright. THIS IS IMPORTANT
The Orphans works bill is being introduced in Congress tomorrow and if passed could destroy the residual income of all creative artists. You need to know about it.
A very easy simple primer is a link at YouTube, 7.5 mins long.
Then read the position papers, the bills (they are not that long)
themselves and decide for yourself what is in your best interest.
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There are a ton of blogs <http://blogsearch.google.com/&g <http://blogsearch.google.com/&g> t; , just type
in Orphan Works.
This really scary and could do a huge damage to all creative people. Look what the lack of effective copyright protection and pirating has done to the music industry. The same fate could befall photography and all other creative activity. People will be less motivated to create and invest in creative careers if what they create is not protected and prevented from becoming a part of the public domain.