This Week's Story: Copyright Office seeks comments

This Week's Story:

Copyright Office Examining 'Orphan Works'

By Susan Butler

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Copyright Office is seeking comments on whether there are compelling concerns raised by "orphan works" that merit a legislative, regulatory or other solution.

Orphan works are copyrighted works whose owners are difficult to locate. The Copyright Office notes that the uncertainty surrounding ownership of these works might needlessly discourage creators and users from incorporating the works into new efforts or from making them available to the public.

Interested parties may submit comments, including suggestions on the type of solution that could effectively address these concerns, to the Copyright Office by March 25, 2005. For more information, visit the Copyright Office site.