There are two bills that are coming up in the House & Senate that will change copyright as we know it. They were shot down once before because of action against it, but now they are back as bill numbers HR 5889: The Orphan Works Act of 2008 (House of Representatives) and S 2913: The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 (Senate).
This is text from the Illustrator Partnership web site:
Due to the lack of publicity about this bill, the most innocent victims of this plunder – those who put images online - are still completely unaware of it. Who am I talking about? Average American families who have enjoyed the internet as a way to share the happiest, and even saddest, moments of their lives with their friends and family across the country, and even around the world, through the wonders of technology. Google has already said they plan to use these orphan works in the millions. Why should companies like this be allowed to to harvest our property from private web pages, blog sites, share sites and the like?If you are posting your photos online, you should send the email letter on the Illustrator Partnership web site (all you do is enter your info and press send!)Takes 1 minute!!!