May 18, 2022

New: Resource Packet on Orphan Works: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries

Prepared by Prudence Adler (ARL), Jonathan Band (policybandwidth), Brandon Butler (ARL)

Direct to Full Text (17 pages; PDF)

From the Intro:

The resource packet on legal and policy issues concerning orphan works provides general information concerning orphan works, the University of Michigan’s Orphan Works Project, an FAQ, and a legal memorandum by Jonathan Band, policybandwidth, describing the legal issues associated with making orphan works digitally available. While not a comprehensive response or analysis of the suit, this packet should be useful in understanding some of the core issues in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust et al.

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