US copyright law to change for the worse?

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US copyright law to change for the worse?

Postby raymoohawk » Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:47 pm

saw this on hdoomguy's tumblr yesterday, its also been brought up on deviantart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDoztLDF73I

does anyone know if this is legit? it sounds like it could affect projects like it could affect indie projects like adventures of square or wrack the most, making it so that big companies could profit from this works, but not the little guy

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summary of how i understand it, feel free to correct me

basically they are trying to bring back a failed bill about orphaned works. under current law the rights to artwork (sketches, music, videogames, anything creative) you create belong to you the moment you create and this allows the creator to choose how to license their work. under the proposed law in order for artists to have any say on their works licensing, they would have to register their work on one of two PRIVATE FOR PROFIT registries. But that is not all, anyone can do this, say for example steam or bethesda notices adventures of square, well they could register it as their own, and legally be the owners, without jimi having any say, because unless jimi spent time and money registering everything hes ever done, hes work is considered orphan. But once Steam for example registers it, then its not orphaned, it belongs to steam. The law applies retroactively, to all works. And lets face it its a lot easier for corporations to mass register a bunch of works gathered by their bots, than for individual artists to register each thing, I personally dont remember all the sprites ive done, and im sure this applies to many contributers to projects like freedoom or adventures of square or wrack


the copyright office is taking letters from both US and foreingh artists that explain how this law would affect their work, but the deadline is this 23rd

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Re: US copyright law to change for the worse?

Postby Snarboo » Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:48 pm

Apparently that's not what the actual bill is about. It has nothing to do with fair use or copyright at all, and everything to do with archiving digital work, which includes things like circumventing copy protection.
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Re: US copyright law to change for the worse?

Postby leileilol » Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:52 pm

SO yeah, alarmist stuff.
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Re: US copyright law to change for the worse?

Postby Snarboo » Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:55 pm

Here's an article discussing the issue further. Basically, no bill has been introduced concerning copyright, the copyright office is merely discussing potential revisions to copyright law that would make contacting rights owners, and licensing their works, easier. That means things like rereleases of games owned by multiple parties, like NOLF, could finally see release under the revised law!
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Re: US copyright law to change for the worse?

Postby Jaxxoon R » Mon Jul 20, 2015 3:24 pm

And yet not a damn word about the Trans Pacific Partnership is ever said.
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Re: US copyright law to change for the worse?

Postby Nevander » Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:03 pm

Could always ignore it and keep doing what you're doing. To hell with them. :twisted:
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Re: US copyright law to change for the worse?

Postby Wiw » Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:53 am

It'd be a right mess if it were true, though!
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