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The US Copyright Office (USCO) has begun a new review of how best to deal with orphan works and mass digitization under the country’s copyright law.


  • The culmination of viewpoints, as well as an analysis of issues impacting orphan works and mass digitization efforts along with a series of recommendations, has been published in a new report. The USCO has requested written comments on its recommendations be submitted by early August.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the situation for orphan works (a copyright protected work for which the rights owner is uncontactable or unknown) in the US
  • The research note assesses what the US Copyright Office intends to do about orphan works

Key questions answered

  • What is the current situation regarding orphan works in the US?
  • What is the US Copyright Office intending to do about orphan works?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Tackling the problem of orphan works
  • Current orphan works focus
  • Specific music considerations


  • Author

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