An excellent, “must read” post that discusses things to keep in mind since HathiTrust announced a suspension of the Orphan Works program on Friday.
Butler’s post is organized into six sections:
1. “This kind of input from rightsholders is welcome and helpful”
2. “Fair use and Section 108 apply in many situations even if you find a rightsholder”
3. “Hathi and its partners propose very modest, non-commercial uses that are traditional library uses and are beneficial for authors as well as users”
4. “Finding an author on Wikipedia ≠ finding a work’s rights holder”
5. “The search should be reasonable given the circumstances, and it will never be perfect”
6. “Threatening to unplug the HathiTrust is extremely shortsighted and unhelpful”