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Proposed Legislation on Orphan Works: Solving the Problem or Escalating
Denise Troll Covey
Principal Librarian for Special Projects
Carnegie Mellon University Libraries
Following a lengthy investigation and enthusiastic public response,
legislation is currently pending in Congress to provide limitations on
remedies in copyright infringement cases where permission could not be
acquired from the copyright owner prior to use because the copyright
owner could not be found. The problem of "orphan works" is extensive
and exacerbated by the current duration of the copyright term and new
technologies that raise user needs and expectations for online access
to information. The orphan works problem affects many communities of
users and impedes library efforts to digitize and provide online access
to their collections. Beginning with a brief summary of a detailed
analysis of the public comments received and transcripts of the
roundtables convened by the U.S. Copyright Office, this presentation
will focus on key issues of contention in the debate. It will trace the
trade-offs between private interest and public good made in the
Copyright Office's proposed legislation and the subsequent changes and
accretions to the proposal made prior to its introduction in the House
of Representatives as the Orphan Works Act of 2006. The presentation
will conclude with articulating concerns about the bill that question
the likelihood that it will facilitate building a digital library and
suggestions for how libraries might nevertheless collaborate to contain
costs and thereby leverage the opportunity it would afford should it be
enacted into law.
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