posted 03-03-2002 08:54 AM PT (US)
The Library of Congress, is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. The Library preserves a collection of nearly 121 million items, more than two-thirds of which are in media other than books.
These include the largest map, film and television collections in the world. In addition to its primary mission of serving the research needs of the U.S. Congress, the Library serves all Americans through its popular Web site and in its 22 reading rooms on Capitol Hill.
Full text of every piece of legislation that ever passed through congress is stored there too, for we the people of course.
These are the people that make decisions about copyrights. When an artist creates, they have an automatic copyright but it needs protection. So you apply for that and then researchers of the LOC start to search to see if that has been previously created or if it is owned by anyone else.
These types of regulations are to protect the people that created the art, music, or book from illegal usage, without any payment to the creator.
I too despise unnecessary regulations. But, as an artist, photographer and an author with a book that is about to be sent in for copyright protection, I see this as absolutely necessary to give my work value.
Without this protection no art form would have value because it could be stolen without the artist having any recourse.
I think Ouro said it best "Shame on them."
However, I do think that on-line radio deserves the SAME treatment as on-air radio staions, to be fair. Also I do not agree with retro payments to artists for on-line usage because there was no regulation in place for on-line useage at the time. (Sorry artists)
But I think our government is finally seeing the Internet as tangible and must be governed just like the real world. Why should someone be able to do something in Cyberspace they can't do out here, in the real world? After all, the Internet is just an extention of our real world and not some fantasy land.
What book am I writing, you ask. Well, it is a romance novel called "Dreams I've been having." hahaha Only kidding. Actually, it is a childrens book. I am such a kid at heart.