Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Easy To Understand: Orphan Works


I will always align with the so-called “alarmists” on this kind of issue. Every time.

Why? Because if we are wrong, then things are better than they seem to be.

If the political apologists, lobbyists, and people saying this is chicken little saying the sky is falling are wrong, we are all fucked.

Unless, of course, you don’t plan on making a living off of your art work. In which case, don’t worry about it, you can let the people with no creative talent simply steal yours.

I am all for the appropriating of content for creative and discourse purposes. I will never support people stealing work simply to make money off of other’s efforts. Under current law, the distinction can be argued in court. If the artist is dead, if the work is a true orphan, they will never sue. It does not need to be changed.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 6:48 pm  

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