This is good news. Of course my opinion is that orphan works should go to the public domain. I guess the details of how one determines whether something is an orphan or not will be important, but I'm sure we can think of something. Lessig's idea of a minimal charge to keep your copyright alive comes to mind.Dan Gillmor on Grassroots JournalismCopyright Progress, Maybe
The U.S. Copyright Office wants comments on"the issues raised by 'orphan works,' i.e., copyrighted works whose owners are difficult or even impossible to locate. Concerns have been raised that the uncertainty surrounding ownership of such works might needlessly discourage subsequent creators and users from incorporating such works in new creative efforts or making such works available to the public."This is wonderful news, and a sign of that people like Larry Lessig are making progress in educating the powers-that-be on the issues.
Public Knowledge has a good summary.
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