Pending Legislation to Have Negative Impact on Artists
The details of how copyright registries would work have not been given, but experience with image banks suggests the following: For unregistered work, infringers will use the registries to identify pictures that aren’t registered. Infringers will probably pay the registry a search fee, then market the “orphans” like clip art. For registered work, the registries will act as a kind of stock house: Users will go to them for one-stop shopping to clear rights to your pictures. The registry will probably charge the artist a commission when they do.
Now would be a good time to write Congress to oppose this legislation. For more information see: