Monday, February 27, 2006

Photographers and Copyright Laws in Flux

There is a proposed amendment to the Copyright Act which will make it easy for copyrighted work to be used with no concern for copyright. It is ridiculous in my opinion, and one of the largest pro-photographer groups (the ASMP) is doing what it can to stop it from being signed into law. Basically, it says (quoting from the ASMP website) "a person or other entity who wants to use a copyrighted work is required to make only a "good faith, reasonably diligent search" to locate the copyright owner. If, after making such a search, the user is unable to locate the copyright owner, he/she/it gets an almost free license to use the work."

The Copyright Office Report

The ASMP call to action to send a letter to your lawmakers as well as a longer description

Carolyn E. Wright, Esq., of the Law Office of Carolyn E. Wright, LLC, is an attorney specializing in legal assistance for photographers. Here is her Blog

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