Following the filing of a lawsuit over its scanning and orphan works initiative, HathiTrust this morning said it would suspend indefinitely its plan to release a set of 140 orphan works until its processes for determining copyright status are improved. The move comes after Authors Guild members this week said that owners of some of the works on the orphan list were located and presumed to have valid copyrights.
University of Michigan’s John Price Wilkin told PW that the university remains committed to the orphan works program, and was still confident that the bulk of the books identified as orphans really are orphans. But he said librarians were left with no confidence in the system, and would not proceed until they had a system and procedures they were certain of.
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See Also: From the Author’s Guild (9/16/2011)
Additional categories of “Orphan Work” Authors Where AG Has Found Leads Needing Additional Resaerch