Orphan Works – British Style
It came real close to the Brits enacting their own version of Orphan Works. And just because they’re across the ocean, that doesn’t mean your work would be safe. Read here
For those not familiar with Orphan Works, read here
I understand that some old photographic images truly are “orphaned” but it shouldn’t be so easy for the user to grab an image without any substantive background checks, and then if discovered, be slapped with minor use charges. Our ability to protective our “registered with the US Copyright office” work would be greatly diminished. Much more info here
And then there’s Google. Another problem
By the way, the “old” photo above is not an orphan. It’s registered with the US Copyright office.