(Again, orphan works are copyrighted works whose owners are difficult or impossible to locate, meaning they can no longer be purchased, reprinted, cited at length, or otherwise built upon. If BookFinder.com shut down and its employees/owners died without heirs, these blog posts would become orphaned, and there would be no legal way for someone to reprint them in an anthology.)
The US Copyright office has been asking the public for their comments about the problem, and for possible solutions.
The Copyright Office has now parsed through the responses, and has posted the 700+ public comments on its website. There's a wide array of respondents -- small publishers and researchers having problems reprint orphan works, companies in the copyright industries pushing against major reform, and a vast array of comments that don't easily fall into either category.
Take a look. There's a lot of interesting comments in the mix...
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