US: Orphan works bill introduced

http://www.boingboing.net/2006/05/23/orphan_works_bill_in.html

Texas Rep Lamar Smith has introduced a bill to clear the way for the re-use of „orphan works“ whose authors are unknown or unlocatable.
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„For example, a local civic association may want to include old photographs from the local library archive in their monthly newsletter, but there are no identifying marks on the photo,“ explained Smith. „Under current law, the civic association must locate the owner to ask permission and in many cases may not be able to find the owner. Under the Orphan Works Act, they could follow guidelines posted by the Copyright Office as a show of due diligence to reduce the threat of litigation for simply doing the right thing.“

More at http://www.copybites.com/2006/05/chairman_lamar_.html


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