I also received an email with this link
http://www.sellyourtvconceptnow.com/orphan.html from another list.
Here’s an excerpt from this site…
The Orphan Works Act of 2008, also known as the "Shawn Bently
Orphan Works Act of 2008", was released to the Senate and the
House of Representatives recently. While at first glance the law
seems to be a 'last resort' for a search for the owner of any
photograph, artwork or sculpture, the devil, as they say, is in
An "orphan", as it relates to this legislation, is an original
creative work such as a photograph, graphic image, or sculpture,
which is still protected by its term of copyright, but the
copyright holder can't be found.
As it is written, if it passes we would have to register all of
our creative works in all the upcoming private sector registries
(those certified by the Copyright office) or risk orphaning all
of our work. This means all past, current and future work could
be legally used without your permission.