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Orphan Works is Congressionally Legislated Piracy

The Orphan Works Act of 2008 is steamrolling its way through congress introduced by the best friend of the media industry, Congressman Howard Berman and in a curious alliance, defended by EFF folk such as Cory Doctorow. This is a little like Stalin and Hitler allying together but it’s not that surprising because what the Orphan Works Act really does is trash artists rights.

Who does this benefit? It benefits Getty, whose lobbyists are behind it, and it benefits the EFF crowd, which believes that copyright basically shouldn’t exist and that IP should give way to everyone remixing everyone else’s ‘creations’ which are themselves remixes anyway. As to how creators are supposed to make money? I guess they’re supposed to create a cool website like BoingBoing and ask for donations.

Even as congress, led by Howard Berman, keeps tightening corporate copyright law, it shows its true face as far as respecting the work of creators goes by destroying their rights with the Orphan Works Act. And the BoingBoing crowd is there to cheer him on and condemn any criticism as FUD. But of course they’re just as cynical as the RIAA is, claiming to champion artists when it’s for their benefit and giving artists the finger when it isn’t.

The Orphan Works Act of 2008 is nothing more than congressionally legislated piracy and despite the lies coming from Congress and the EFF crowd, it’s designed to deprive creators of their work and to benefit pirates and corporations at the expense of artists. And that is the bottom line.

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