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Free Webcast (registration required) Thursday, July 6, 1-2pm U.S. 
Eastern time.
Archived for future reference.

Proposed Legislation on Orphan Works: Solving the Problem or Escalating 
the Crisis? 


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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