Did you break the law today? If you've created something on the Internet, probably. Artists, librarians, tech geeks, and software engineers are now fighting over a miserably shrinking public domain. This isn't what copyright was supposed to be about, and only a popular uprising will stop the current trend.
One of the great tech stories of the past decade has been how technology has enabled a tremendous explosion of creativity. This is why the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Consumer Electronics Association, and the Center for Democracy and Technology are involved in the debate over a new Orphan Works Act, which is supposed to expand the public domain. Your camera-phone photos, YouTube mashups, blog posts, home-burned DVDs, iMovies of your kids—even your Facebook status updates—are creative works.