In parallel with international initiatives, which we have blogged about here and here, the U.S. Copyright Office has issued an initial Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on the vexing problem of what to do about orphan works. Generally speaking, an “orphan work” is a work protected by copyright, yet whose owner(s) cannot be located
On September 13, 2012, the European Parliament approved the text of a new draft Directive that sets out permitted uses of orphan works (the “Directive”). However, the law’s text — which was informally agreed between the Parliament and European Council earlier this summer — has yet to receive the Council’s formal approval, so remains a draft for now.
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