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Title:Whose Stuff is it Anyway? Adopting Strategies for US Orphan Works;
Whose Stuff is it Anyway? Adopting Strategies for US Orphan Works
Author(s):Hunter, Pia M.; Hunter, Pia M.
Contributor(s):Benson, Sara, R., editor
Subject(s):Fair Use
Information Literacy
Copyright Literacy
Geographic Coverage:United States
Abstract:The US Copyright Office in the Library of Congress defines orphan works as “copyrighted works whose owners are difficult or even impossible to locate.”1 Libraries and archives seek to preserve orphan works for future generations, but these materials are in a precarious state because they cannot be used legally without the risk of incurring statutory fines for copyright infringement.2 This chapter reviews the history of copyright law in the United States and how the extension of the copyright term created and continues to intensify the orphan works problem. Orphan works legislation can provide an effective solution, but to date, Congressional attempts to pass an orphan works bill have been unsuccessful. Portions of US history and cultural memory are at risk, and the American public must fight to reclaim orphan works and restore their place in American cultural memory.
Issue Date:2019-10-19
Publisher:Association of College and Research Libraries
Citation Info:Pia M. Hunter. (2019). Whose Stuff is it Anyway? Adopting Strategies for U.S. Orphan Works. In Copyright Conversations: Rights Literacy in a Digital World. Chicago, IL: ACRL (Sara R. Benson, Ed.).
Genre:Book Chapter
Rights Information:CC-BY 4.0
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-11-14

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