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Journal: Bill Before Congress May Steal Your Work

Journal by YaroMan86
I just recieved word this morning that the morons in congress are attempting to pass this little crime against copyright freedom. It may not apply to software... yet. What it does apply to is original artworks by independent artists. Basically saying those that freely release their art or don't register their copyrights suddenly lose the copyright to their own hard work. This favors corporations far too much. If this law passes, basically it means that an artist will create a work, and all a company has to do is declare that they want to use it and there's really nothing an artist can do about it. This is essentially legalized IP theft. If it goes too far, it might essentially mean that even software would fall under this very same law and a lot of the little guys will get stepped on by companies who don't give a crap about software freedom.

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