That is only if the legislation passes. And that would be scary. All I read was the article, but if what is being presented is true, all havoc will break out...
I was hoping to get a bit of discussion going on this because I think I read it the same way you did, bottom line, all hell will break loose IMO, image the cash generated from all these un-nessecarry copyright payments, isnt this what C&D is for?.
Maybe Jberry will add some input...
That is complete BS. When you create something, a photo or whatever, it is legally yours. If someone uses it and makes money on it or something or other without permission then it is illeagal and legal action should be taken. This guy is totally over reacting, you dont ever lose your piece of work even if someone uses it. It is up to the owner to pursue action if a piece is being used to make money or being sold without permission. Your works are already copyrighted when you create them, simply because you OWN them. Water Marks..
Thats what we are all saying, however, if this bill goes through, thats no longer the case, no copyright paid for, no copyright, thats how I'm reading it anyway..
Ok and if it does?.
I am interested in peoples opinions on this as to me it seems this whole thing is crazy as hell, but reading this, it could become reality maybe?..
I am a photogrpaher and Bill Gates is an A$$. Any of you guys catch the part about Bill Gates' Company being the major proponent of this bill !!! Um hello he stole windows from apple and now he wants to effectively steal all the creative works from all artists around the world that were ever created, that is unless you pay $5 for each registration. What an A$$...
Yes, you read the article correctly. However, from what I've read, the legislation has only been proposed; it has gone nowhere.
Another aspect to consider is that such a law could potentially be problematic due to international treaties / conventions regarding copyright protection.
Bottom line is such a law is unlikely to happen anytime soon, but is a wakeup call for people producing works they earn a living from to consider registering them, if they haven't already, (either separate or more often as a group, such as in the form of a book / compilation) with the U.S. copyright office whenever possible for enhanced legal protection.
...it's not even pending in the current session.
However, the concern is still overblown.
There is a lot of material in a deadlock condition because it was created after 1923, but the current ownership cannot be determined.
By international treaty (the Berne Convention on Copyright), registration is not required as a means of securing protection. Registration does allow certain advantages in the course of enforcing copyright...
Copyright...when you create something. Write a book, compose a song, photograph something, paint a picture, create a graphic, design and publish a website. All your creations are naturally copyrighted.
Pretty scary if this would ever come to pass. Imagine all the websites with photos that would need to be paid for to protect their rights. Rediculous!..