This is part 2 of my post All your Pics belong to Everyone Now and concerns itself with the American angle, which will eventually have the same world wide impact as the U.K. law would…note this article is a bit long but is very important..
If these laws are passed it would mean mandatory registration if you want to protect your artwork which right now is against the Berne treaty, but considering the circumstances, what other choice would we have?..
Here are some quotes from the article..
Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) plans a hearing on Thursday before the House Intellectual Property subcommittee to pursue his worthy goal of copyright reform.
The hearing is called “A Case Study for Consensus Building: The Copyright Principles Project” and focuses on a group called the “Copyright Principles Project” that produced a white paper called “The Copyright Principles Project: Directions For Reform.
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The Internet has democratized creativity, but this group of Big Tech and Big Media companies and the lawyers and academics who love them is about as undemocratic a “consensus” as any artist could imagine.
Let me give you one small example from the many proposals — copyright registration and orphan works. Had they been included, photographers could have explained that they typically take hundreds of photographs in a single photo session. The registration recommendation in this report would require photographers to register each and every photograph with a government registry to protect against “orphaning”— the use of a copy of their works by someone who can’t seem to find them.
Both conservatives and liberals should be frightened by the “Principles’” attempt to “reformalize” effective copyright protection by encouraging Goodlatte to take away “rights and remedies” for those who do not register their works. Especially those works that the report deems to have “no commercial value”—as decided by the elites rather than the market, apparently.
So if one of the “users” the principles seem to think they represent — like me — posts a photo of my children on my Facebook page but I don’t register it, and somehow a company or individual then uses this picture commercially, or in some other vile manner, this report explicitly states that I would not have the same “rights and remedies” that I currently enjoy. In fact my reading of this report says I would have no remedies unless I were to win an argument that my family photos have commercial value — full employment for lawyers.
So are we all gonna have to register our family photos with Big Brother in order to keep control of them?
Note:Laws are being made and/or changed without your knowledge or input..
I post these articles to keep you informed of changes that might affect your rights as a creative person, whether you are a painter, photographer, writer or musician…it is important that you read and understand them so that you can make your voice heard…
If there is anything you need clarified or if you have an opinion on the information the article contains, I encourage you to add them in your comments below…
This was just brought to my notice…to add insult to injury, the U.K govt has said that crafts are not a creative industry…