This is some legislation everyone should know about if you don't already; it's the Orphan Works Legislation. Please read this and and make your views heard. I don't know a lot about this yet, I just know that it could have a huge impact on the Photography industry and we all should be aware of our rights regarding our copyright. So have a look.
During 2005, the Copyright Office studied issues raised by âorphan worksââ copyrighted works whose owners may be impossible to identify and locate. Concerns had been raised that the uncertainty surrounding ownership of such works might needlessly discourage subsequent creators and users from incorporating such works in new creative efforts, or from making such works available to the public.
The Office issued a Federal Register Notice summarizing issues raised by orphan works, and soliciting written comments from all interested parties. The Office asked specifically whether there were compelling concerns raised by orphan works that merit a legislative, regulatory, or other solution, and if so, what type of solution could effectively address these concerns without conflicting with the legitimate interests of authors and right holders. Initial comments received were posted here. Reply comments received were posted here.
The Office also hosted public roundtable discussions on orphan works in Washington, D.C., on July 26 and 27, 2005, and in Berkeley, California, on August 2, 2005. Transcripts of the roundtables were posted available on this website (see left column). Additionally, audio recordings of the Berkeley, California roundtable are available as well.
The Office also hosted several informal meetings with various parties in late 2005 to address issues in further detail." From - http://www.copyright.gov/orphan/
Of course there is opposition to the proposed legislation, which is touted as a "reform." See - http://www.asmp.org/news/spec2...l.php
For, "Why this COULD BE Terrible for Photographers," see - http://www.nikondigital.org/dps/dps-v-4-08.htm