October 1, 2008  ·  Lessig

The American Editorial Cartoonists are a bit premature in their confidence about the death of the “Orphan Works Act.” I wish they weren’t. As I’ve argued, this is a terrible solution to an important problem. The Senate has passed the bill. The House has now not. But until the end of this Congress, this insanely bad idea will not die.

  • http://www.desjardins.org/david/ David desJardins

    It seems a big improvement over existing law. OK, you want to hold out for something you like better. But “insanely bad” is way over the top.

  • Henry Emrich

    Doc:
    Why are you against this? WAY better than the existing Copyright laws.
    Oh wait, you’re cool with DRM, and really blew it on the “Eldred” thing.

    This isn’t a “diss”: your book “Free Culture” woke me up to these issues. The problem is, you’ve capitulated at every turn. No wonder (in your own words) you couldn’t get the Supreme court to see why reigning in copyright terms was “important”.

    Your pet project (Creative commons) explicitly depends on copyright, so CC-licencensees understandably have little — if any — advantage if their stuff goes Public Domain. If the copyright term ends, THEY can no longer enforce the type of controls they want over it (all of that “noncommercial, no-derivs” type stuff in the various deeds.)

    Honestly, Doc: I thought that “harmful to minors” thing was awful, but you just continue to dissapoint.

    Is this the type of thing we can expect if you get to Congress?

  • Lorne

    I also would be interested to hear why you don’t approve of the orphan works bills.

  • a graphic artist

    Insanely bad is a perfect description of what congress is proposing. In just a few paragraphs in your NY Times article you laid out a great solution to the problem and it wouldn’t be hard. Now, how do we make them listen to you and fast!