March 9, 2006
Written by Eamon Hickey
A number of trade groups that represent photographers have recently raised the alarm about proposed changes to U.S. copyright law that address so-called orphan works – works whose copyright holders cannot be located.
In statements on their web sites, The American Society of Media Photographers has called the proposal “a disaster for photographers” and the Professional Photographers of America says it could have a “devastating impact on professional photographers”. These trade groups believe that photographers face special risks from the proposed changes because their work is so often published without a credit or byline and could too easily fall under the definition of orphaned works.