I’ve been researching the topic of the proposed change to the copyright law regarding orphan works. I’ve been debating the issue via email with a few artists and I’ve boiled my thoughts down to the following 3 points.
- Relative to truly orphaned works, the law makes things better.
- Relative to works that get mistakenly classified as orphaned works, which shouldn’t happen very often except in the case of unregistered works, the practical situation won’t get any worse.
- Relative to the creation and use of copyrighted works generally, the law might provide incentive for tools and registries that actually make things better for everyone.
I’m not “set” in these positions yet, and I’d really like to hear from YOU about your thoughts. Challenge me, call me a “bone-head”, or maybe even agree with me. I’d really love to fine tune my understanding of the issues and share that understanding as it develops.
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