[A2k] Orphan works: Comments now due by 5:00 p.m. on May 21, 2014.

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Tue May 20 08:20:42 PDT 2014

Orphan works: Comments now due by 5:00 p.m. on May 21, 2014.  see 77 FR


Notice of Request for Additional Comments

The U.S. Copyright Office has extended the deadline for public comments
that address topics listed in the Office's February 10, 2014, Notice of
Inquiry and that respond to any issues raised during the public roundtables
held in Washington, D.C., on March 10-11, 2014. All written comments should
be submitted electronically using the comment submission form on the top
left-hand side of this page. Comments are now due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May
21, 2014. For more information, please see 77 FR 18932.


The Copyright Office is reviewing the problem of orphan works under U.S.
copyright law in continuation of its previous work on the subject and to
advise Congress on possible next steps for the United States. The Office
has long shared the concern with many in the copyright community that the
uncertainty surrounding the ownership status of orphan works does not serve
the objectives of the copyright system. For good faith users, orphan works
are a frustration, a liability risk, and a major cause of gridlock in the
digital marketplace. The issue is not contained to the United States.
Indeed, a number of foreign governments have recently adopted or proposed

During its review, the Office has requested comments and held public
roundtables in Washington DC on March 10-11, 2014, which were videotaped
and transcribed. During these roundtables, the Office heard a variety of
viewpoints on a wide range of issues impacting orphan works and mass
digitization efforts. Transcripts for these public roundtables have been
posted and the Office will post the video as it becomes available.

Manon Ress, Ph.D.
Knowledge Ecology International, KEI
manon.ress at keionline.org, tel.: +1 202 332 2670

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