The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has redoubled its efforts to prevent passage of a revision to existing US copyright law (The Orphan Works Act). AAEC president, Ted Rall, has issued an appeal to Congress to reconsider the bill, judged by cartoonists, photographers, illustrators and other visual artists to threaten their rights to the reproduction of their work. Artists worry that the bill may get passed and signed while public and legislative attention is diverted by the mortgage meltdown. More info on the debate over the bill can be found on the Illustrators' Partnership Orphan Works blog.
UPDATE: The Orphan Works Act looks to be dead for the time being. Details here.