Orphan Works

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Orphan works are materials, including books, photographs, and film, for which the copyright holder is difficult or impossible to identify. Because the copyright term now extends beyond the lifetimes of original creators, copyright for works may pass to unknown persons and require a great deal of research to track down. AALL supports a legislative solution to the orphan works problem because their unclear legal status makes it potentially risky for libraries and other institutions to make use of them, including through digitization projects that would make them more widely available.   


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