Expanding Access To Orphan Works A Tough Task For Congress

Law360, New York (October 24, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT) -- As the U.S. Copyright Office begins a new push for legislation to address the issue of "orphan works," for which the copyright owner cannot be readily identified, attorneys say Congress will have a difficult time expanding access to such works while balancing the interests of users and rights holders.

When the copyright owner for a work cannot be located, the work often goes unused because of the risk that if the owner comes forward, the person who uses the work could be liable for infringement. In...
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