After consulting with a few lawyers, I can say that many of the incendiary blog posts and scaremongering e-mail forwards include inaccuracies and generalizations—not to mention the fact that the bills are likely to change a few times over before they become law, if they become law at all.
Don’t assume I’m an orphan works apologist—there are legitimate concerns. (Just read the New York Times‘ thoughtful opinion article on the subject.) But when getting information from the internet, you’ve got to be aware of who it’s coming from, and a lot of the e-mail forwards about orphan works have dubious origins.
The Artist’s Magazine is working with one of our law experts on an article about how these bills would change copyright law and affect artists. We’re going to post it to our website to disseminate the information as quickly as possible, and we’ll update the blog to let you know when it’s up.