Orphan Works Redux

Copyright Clearance CenterI am receiving numerous reports that the controversial orphan works legislation is set to be re-introduced to Congress sometime in the next few days. A backlash against the proposed legislation has already begun and others are lining up to protest the bill after it is introduced.

There is very little information at this time as the bill has not yet been introduced. However, early reports are that it looks very similar to the bill that was introduced, and defeated, in 2006. Back then, it was an uproar by artists, photographers and illustrators that resulted in the bill’s failure.

I am going to be following this bill very closely as it is introduced and makes its way through the legislative process. In the meantime, please feel free to read my previous works on the matter, which were written regarding the 2006 bill, below:

Punditry: The Orphan Works Proposal
Is Your Work an Orphan? (Part One)
Is Your Work an Orphan? (Part Two)