Copyright Law is About to Change (for the Worse)
Within a few days, on July 23, 2015, unless we band together and write a lot of letters our right to decide the fate of the work of our own hands may be given away. Here is the copyright website where you can write if you object:
US Artists can write here: http://copyright.gov/policy/visualworks/comment-form/
This not only affects artists, cartoonists and professional photographers in the US, but people all over the world who publish or show their work on the internet, even family photos won’t be exempt without purchasing a license for each and every piece from the very people who want to exploit your property.
Here are the Basic Facts
“The Next Great Copyright Act” would replace all existing copyright law.
It would void our Constitutional right to the exclusive control of our work.
It would “privilege” the public’s right to use our work.
It would “pressure” you to register your work with commercial registries.
It would “orphan” unregistered work.
It would make orphaned work available for commercial infringement by “good faith” infringers.
It would allow others to alter your work and copyright these “derivative works” in their own names.
It would affect all visual art: drawings, paintings, sketches, photos, etc.; past, present and future; published and unpublished; domestic and foreign.
This came to my attention via the following YouTube video on Will Terrel’s Channel, hot off the presses. It is long, but well worth watching if there is a part of you that says this is all too incredible to be true.