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AAEC Prez Nick Anderson Does Cartoon and Blog Post Criticizing 'Orphan Works' Bill

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

AAEC Prez Nick Anderson Does Cartoon and Blog Post Criticizing 'Orphan Works' Bill

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Editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson, on his blog today, posted a cartoon and commentary about the "Orphan Works" legislation being considered by Congress.

The first panel of the cartoon shows a copyright sign and the label "Your Copyright." The second panel shows sort-of-a-copyright-sign in a toilet and the label "Your copyright if Congress passes the Orphan Works bill."

Anderson is with the Houston Chronicle, but the cartoon is not for publication in that newspaper's print version.

In his blog commentary about the possible legislation, Anderson wrote, in part: "To quote from one of the Illustrator's Partnership resource pages: 'If enacted, this bill would force every person who creates any visual image -- from a professional work of art to a family snapshot -- to register every picture with a for-profit commercial registry or else risk seeing it exposed to commercial infringement by anyone who can successfully claim an orphaned work defense. This is a radical departure from any existing business models or practices in the field of copyright. …

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