As if dealing with my school district's misuse of photography wasn't enough, now there are bills in the House and Senate to strip photographer's rights to photos published on the internet.
Yes. Totally true. Yes. Totally wrong.
Bills H.R. 5889 The Orphan Works Act of 2008 and S 2913 The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 aim to make any photography published on the internet to become "orphaned work" and immediately sectioned as public domain and to be used in any way any person or company wishes to do so.
These bills have been shot down before, under different names.
Shoot them down again.
Send a letter to your state representatives (it's an easy form to fill out!) and make yourself be heard.
If this passes, any photos of our children or our work will be public domain and may be used for advertising by anyone across the globe.