November 27, 2015

U.S. Copyright Office/LC Announces Plans for Public Roundtable on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization Issues

The following info is published in Monday’s edition of the Federal Register.

Two days of roundtable discussions/meetings on potential legislative solutions for orphan works and mass digitization under U.S. copyright law are scheduled to take place on March 10-11, 2014 at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

The public is also invited to submit comments.

The two-day event will include nine sessions.

Day One

Session 1: The Need for Legislation in Light of Recent Legal and Technological Developments
Session 2: Defining the Good Faith “Reasonably Diligent Search” Standard
Session 3: The Role of Private and Public Registries
Session 4: Types of Works Subject to Orphan Works Legislation, Including Issues Related Specifically to Photographs
Session 5: Types of users and uses subject to orphan works legislation

Day Two

Session 1: Remedies and Procedures Regarding Orphan Works
Session 2: Mass Digitization, Generally
Session 3: Extended Collective Licensing and Mass Digitization
Session 4: The Structure and Mechanics of a Possible Extended Collective Licensing System in the United States

Details about each of the nine sessions, how to submit comments, etc. can be found in the the pages of the Federal Register embedded below or in HTML at this URL

Orphan Works and Mass Digitization; Request for Additional Comments and Announcement of Public Roundtables

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