I touched on this subject a few weeks ago (see this post) and, at the time, it seemed the hysteria was unfounded. There is now actually legislation before Congress (S 2913, HR 5889) that some support, but many creative types – singers, authors, artists – don’t. There are countless blog entries on this topic, and I cannot add more to the many erudite postings, other than to point you to a few -
Example favorable comment on the bills: http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1537
Example unfavorable comments (of which there are many):
I’ll be honest: the summaries I’ve read, both pro and con, leave me more than a little nervous about the potential unfavorable impact on us artists, who are almost universally self-employed, sole proprietors, or otherwise individuals trying to make a go with our creativity. As often seems to be the case with well-intentioned legislation, the bill is overly broad, VERY important details (such as what defines “a reasonably diligent search”, or how “visual registries” will be set up and run) are left mostly to the imagination, and the overall effect is far too mushy to be anything other than attorney grist.
If you want to take action on the bills, here’s a quick link to do so – http://capwiz.com/illustratorspartnership/home/Tags: legislation