[EDIT 7/20/15]: Ok guys, this is serious.
I just found out that they also might plan to make copyright last only 15 years instead of the current life of the creator + 70 years. This means we would have to register our work every 15 years if we don't want it in the Public Domain for others to make money off of our work while we're alive.
Copyright.gov is taking opinions about the plan until this Thursday. We need to band together and send in letters telling them we don't want this to happen in our future! We don't want our rights taken away! It's unconstitutional! Please spread the word!
Here's a link to send a letter: Copyright.gov Comment Form
This is important for all artists and creators of any kind. This could severely hurt artists, writers, engineers, businesses, inventors and creators, etc., and we need to let congress know how against this we are by sending letters to them about it.
The gist of the podcast, as a classmate put it, would be:
“…where today we can currently post artwork up online and be protected, we won’t be able to if this law change were to pass, this would make it so that we’d have to register every single piece of artwork for a copyright. That’s EVERY sketch, final work, contracts, and so forth. Basically, this is in favor of those infringing artwork than the actual artist."This is where my understanding is a little hazier, if someone were to want a piece of artwork, all they’d have to do is change one color in the piece (like a simple changing blues to turquoise or value change), then all of a sudden it becomes a derivative, instead of infringement. This would make it so that they wouldn’t necessarily be stealing their artwork but just creating a derivative.
And my illustration professor said this about the new copyright plan:
“This is going to be a big blow to freelance/contract artists, many whom receive royalties on their work and retain copyright of their work, even after commission. Most salaried positions already work under an extended Work-for-Hire agreement with their places of employment retaining full ownership of the work created under your contract.
“That being said, the part that really gets to me if how it will adversely affect creators. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution recognizes ownership of one’s own work as an unalienable human right that exists from the moment of creation of that work. This new bill looks to take a sharpie to that section and simply blot it out. In addition to this, the new law will make it virtually impossible for an artist to seek damages from any copyright infringement.
“I do remember when something similar to this happened about 6 or 7 years ago. And luckily, common sense prevailed. But it took the efforts of a host of artists speaking out.”
This is super important that we fight against this. It could really ruin our rights of ever having a creation of ours protected. Please spread the word and send letters to the link provided in the video!
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