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# Friday, May 30, 2008
Legislators Discuss Copyright Reform
Posted by Grace

Ever been hassled by a clerk who demands you have permission from the photographer before making copies of a 100-year-old portrait? Under current copyright law, you'll likely lose the fight with Wal-Mart's photo department. (Read more about copyright quandaries here.)

Legislation working its way through the House and the Senate focuses on so-called "orphan works"—creations whose copyright owners cannot be identified or located. When someone wants to use or reproduce a work that is likely copyrighted, they risk being held liable for infringement; this reform aims to free up orphan works for public use.

Although artists have concerns about the current legislation, copyright reform would be a boon for family historians, museums, libraries and educational institutions. You can read more about the legislation on the website of our sister publication The Artist's Magazine here.


Family Heirlooms | Historic preservation | Public Records
Friday, May 30, 2008 2:33:18 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]
Sunday, June 01, 2008 11:20:13 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Oh my, I think you are writing about me. This exact
thing happened to me at Walmart. I wanted copies
of 100 years + photographs to use in my family
history album and another time they refused to
copy an obituary card from the early 1900's.
Both times the sales help were very rude to me.
It is a sad day, when my very old family photographs
are not my property and I cannot do what I wish
to do with my property. Let's hope the legislators
give us history lovers our owners rights back.
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