Orphan works are materials, including books, photographs, and film, for which the copyright holder is difficult or impossible to identify. Because the copyright term now extends beyond the lifetimes of original creators, copyright for works may pass to unknown persons and require a great deal of research to track down. AALL supports a legislative solution to the orphan works problem because their unclear legal status makes it potentially risky for libraries and other institutions to make use of them, including through digitization projects that would make them more widely available.
Issue Briefs and Reports
- Advocacy One-Pager, Extended Collective Licensing for Mass Digitization (January 2016)
- Advocacy One-Pager, Balance in Copyright Law for the Digital Age (March 2015)
- Comments to Copyright Office, Reply to Request for Comments Regarding Mass Digitization Pilot Program (80 F.R. 32614, Docket No. 2015- 3) (September 9, 2015)