This weekend we’re going over to the Orphan Works Opposition Headquarters. I hope you will go poke around to get a better sense of the absurdity of this legislation. Sign the petition, and send an e-mail to your congressperson.
At one time I pointed out this fox image used without permission or payment on this site. A casual Saturday afternoon search on the Internet brought it to our attention. Right now, under current copyright law it is illegal for that organization to use that image without our permission. We are well within our rights to say, “Yo, stop it!” and we could even pursue damages. As I understand it, if current legislation passes, we would not be able to stop them from using it because they are a non-profit organization.
Do you suppose the person who maintains the Web site (and stole the image) is expected to do it for free? Do you suppose the organization managers do their work for free? No and no. “Non-profit” does not mean staff are not paid. I have a number of friends who work for non-profit organizations. They earn better livings than we do, I assure you. Yet some politicians and lobbyists think our work shouldn’t require remuneration.
Yeah. It’s a croc.
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