An alarming recent article in Animation World Magazine has been brought to my attention. It concerns the issue of Orphan Works, artwork for whom the copyright owner cannot be found.
As any artist posting on the internet is aware, copyright infringement is an ongoing risk. I have had my own artwork borrowed without my consent in the past, and normally it doesn't bother me. The problem is, under this legislation, someone else may be able to register my artwork in their own name so that I no longer have the rights to it. The same may be true of blog entries, journals and so on, unless every piece of creative work is registered correctly, and at cost, by it's owner.
The actual proposal before Congress is transcribed here: http://www.copyright.gov/docs/regstat031308.html We can't afford to be caught lying down on this one.