Something thats happening in US now.
And its not only affect just them...

The Orphan Works Act of 2008 - Bill # H.R.5889

To learn more about the Orphan Works Bill, listen to the interview with Brad Holland

In the past, your work is automatically copyrighted when you created it, but now someone can just crops a picture to leave out any mark or autograph and then says "Well, nope, can't identify the original owner" But that is the basic premises of this bill.