So, I just got a comment from aAshleyB
saying: "It's important to be aware that this is not currently a bill, meaning it's not before congress and being voted upon to become law. It's a proposal and congress is simply asking for artists opinions on current copyright laws and this proposal. In it's current state there is less than 1% chance it becomes anything more imposing than an idea."
So it not as scary as it seemed at first. But still, it would be good to show our dissatisfaction with this idea, so it prevents the government from introducing such idea in future.
I just got a very worrying note from PeanutbutterSandman
about the upcoming change of the copyright law in the United States of America. As an Europeans we can't contact the copyright office, but we can help by raising awerenes and sharing the information. Because most of the sites for artists(at least the ones I have an account on) are american, I think the copyright law change would affect as all.
Here's an excerpt from Rott-Rott's journal explaining it better:
For more than a year Congress has been holding hearings for the drafting of a brand new US Copyright Act. At its heart is the return of Orphan WorksWhat does this mean for artists? it means it will make it easier for infringers to steal artists works and harder for people who are making or trying to make a living out of art more difficult. This will effect every artist and all the artwork they have created, are creating, and will be created. Corporates, Big businesses, and publishers want this to pass to make money out off artists works without paying us artists for past, current, and future artwork. What exactly is the big change?Right now under current law, the moment you create a piece of artwork, it's instantly protected under copyright law with you as the copyright holder, meaning if someone infringes on your rights by creating deriverate works upon your work, or simply marketing/using it without your permission, you get to sue and claim it. You are in charge and control of what happens with your work.With the law change your art will no longer be protected from the moment it's created; rather, you have to register each and every work individually with profit organisations to make your rights legitimate.Sucks big time, right? First of all ain't nobody got time for this and secondly, my work is mine, and should be acknowledged as such always.This law opens doors and gates for corporations to leech off our work without paying us anything. This law change does not have the benefits of the individual artists in mind, it only cares for corporations to make quick and easy bucks off our works.So please, look into this, spring to action, and SHARE IT, so more people can learn about it!It's not the first time that they tried to wiggle this law through, it's time to oppose and stop it again and claim our rights as they are! --Even if you don't draw, maybe you write, take photos ANYTHING THAT IS ART. Post this and spread this like wildfire. We only have until thursday to get the word out and speak against this bullshit act!! Don't let congress take away our hard work and God given talents for their selfish reasons!!!SPREAD THIS PLEASE!! POST IT AND TAG YOUR FRIENDS!!"
Here's the link for sending letters: copyright.gov/policy/visualwor…
and here are examples and iformation about the required format (myemail.constantcontact.com/Ar…