Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Lessig on Orphaned Works

On Feb. 1, Larry Lessig wrote a blog post talking about the Copyright Office's report on Orphaned Works and outlines his own proposal for dealing with Orphaned Works. It is worth reading. Will you agree with it? Maybe. Maybe not.

At the bottom of the post, there is a 35-minute video (PowerPoint with Lessig's talking). He begins with a history of the copyright law in the U.S. and then talks about Orphaned Works. For those unfamiliar with the history of the law, you might want to listen to the first 8 minutes (or so).

How the problem of Orphaned Works is resolved is important to us. Will the proposals on the table make copyright clearance easier? Would a "reasonable diligent search" be something you could do (and afford)? Take time to learn and then consider getting involved in the discussion.

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