Helpful databases for „Orphan Works“

The University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center and the Reading University Library have created Firms Out of Business (FOB), an online database containing the names and addresses of copyright holders or contact persons for out-of-business printing and publishing firms, magazines, literary agencies and similar organizations that have archives housed in libraries and archives in North America and the United Kingdom.

FOB can be accessed at http://www.fob-file.com .

FOB is a companion project to the Writers, Artists and Their Copyright Holders (WATCH), an online database containing the names and addresses of copyright holders or contact persons for authors and artists. The WATCH file is accessible at http://www.watch-file.com .

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/news/press/2007/fobfile.html