Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Paper: Orphan Works: Statement of Best Practices

This 16-page document outlines recommended best practices when trying to copyright clear a work when (p. 3)
  • The identity of the rights owner cannot be determined;
  • The identity of the likely rights owner is known, but he or she cannot be located.
This document is an excellent resources for anyone who needs to understand how to copyright clear an item, especially one that has not been published. It includes a 2+ page resource list, two charts and a table, which I can see people using extensively.

BTW the document does not carry an explicit copyright statement nor a Creative Commons license. It would be great if it was given an appropriate Creative Commons license that promoted the knowledge it contains.

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