1) the Government is listening to the concerns of artists and others impacted by copyright infringement in the digital age
2) Input from individuals continues to be a vital part of the process of improving copyright protections and enforcement.
Highlights from the clip include the portion at 1:37, concerning .. "requiring the Copyright Office to maintain an up-to-date, digital, searchable database of all copyrighted materials, AND associated copyright ownership information."
Also at 2:10.. stressing the importance of input from all interested parties to turn these policy proposals into legislation ...
For artists.. this means continuing to document and report cases of art theft.
For fans... this means alerting artists to unauthorized use of artist-owned images
For artists and fans.. it means being ready to send letters documenting the impact of art theft and copyright infringement on artist rights.
Letters from individuals have tremendous impact in the process of reviewing proposed reforms to copyright law.
You can learn more about how to get involved with copyright legislation reform, by following (or joining) professional associations such as the Graphic Artists Guild https://graphicartistsguild.org/
or the Professional Photographers Association http://www.ppa.com/
Artists -- did you know you can register your copyrights for images as files of compilations of images and not just do registrations of each individual images. This provision in the copyright law was made possible by photography organizations. These professional groups lobbied and established the need for this sort of practical consideration for artists (such as photographers) whose production of a large number of images is part of their professional life (and having to pay a registration fee for each individual image would be prohibitive). Many artists register their copyrights quarterly. The IMPORTANT point is to register your copyrights PRIOR to publication. From You Tube
Registering prior to publication provides for greater enforcement protections. "...Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney's fees in successful litigation:".from Copyright.gov "Copyright in General" webpage:https://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#automatic
From You Tube --
For more info on Copyright ... and how to Combat Art Theft... see these frequently updated previous posts on the blog:
Combat Art Theft
Copyright Info for Artists
Free Infographics (from artist Lili Chin) on Copyright Basics
Interview on Fanbase Press
"Intro to Copyright" from Tools and Resource page of Graphic Artists Guild website.