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Corporate (Copying Rights) Theft - The Orphan Works Bill

The Orphan Works Bill consists of some new US laws around Copyright issues that could potentially cause you to loose your Copying Rights on anything you create from the very moment you make it. The Bill is currently on it's way for consideration by US congress and hopefully will be rejected and put to death with your support.

This bill will affect copyright holders world wide if passed so even if you're somewhere other than the US it's worth keeping yourself informed.

I'm certainly no expert on this bill so my limited understanding is this. Should someone wish to use your creation for commercial gain and they can't identify or find you as being the copyright holder (after taking reasonable steps to locate you) then your creation could be deemed an 'orphan work' and therefore 'fair game' for anyone to use as they please.

The implications are much worse for copyright holders if you research this issue further - which I encourage you to do so you get the …

Is CafePress.com for Artists?

Is CafePress the right service for you if you're looking to sell prints of your art? Dan, from Empty Easel recently reviewed CafePress in this article, CafePress.com: Where Art Becomes. . . Stuff, giving a less than ethusiastic endorsement.

Dan later reviewed a CafePress competitor, Zazzle, in this article, My Review of Zazzle.com: Printable Products and Posters on Demand, in which he rated the site slightly above Cafepress but still not ideal.

In both reviews I agree with his conclusions since he is coming from the perspective of sites and their suitability for selling framed art prints. In both reviews he recommends Imagekind or Red Bubble as better options with more choice for buyers.

However, I do think his review of Cafepress came across a little more harshly because he did limit his conclusions to what the site offers in the way of framed prints and posters. Dan made no mention that some types of art might be better suited to Cafepresses entire range of products than others mak…

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