Librarians are especially keen to figure out what to do about orphan works, which are under copyright but whose rights owners can’t be identified or found. Who gets to make use of those works has been a big issue in the Google case.
“Many of us have those in our collections and would love to make those available,” Ms. [Corey] Williams [associate director of the American Library Association’s Washington office] said. “Some of us do make them available.”
Ms. Williams also raised the idea of the Digital Public Library of America championed by Harvard’s Robert Darnton and others.
“There are lots of competing interests here—commercial, not-for-profit,” she said. “So what do you think? Do you think this is all doable?”