SLA, AALL, MLA Support Legislative Solutions to Resolve Orphan Works Issues

SLA, along with the American Association of Law Libraries
(AALL) and the Medical Libraries Association (MLA), have voiced their support
of solutions proposed by the United States Copyright Office to resolve issues
related to the mass digitization of orphan works.

Orphan works, which include millions of print volumes,
photographs and films that encompass a shared global culture, are now being
made digitally available. However, digitization poses several risks to the
organizations providing access to the orphan works.

Many of the works originate from sources unknown, and as
it currently stands, copyright law would protect these unknown sources were
they to make themselves known. In other words, digitizing organizations would
be subject to large penalties for not having previously recognized the sources
as required by current copyright laws. This risk represents a significant
obstacle to organizations considering mass digitization of their materials.

SLA, AALL, and MLA support the Copyright Office in its
position that a solution of compromise must come from the United States
Congress which would protect both the sources and the institutions who enable
access to the works.

To
read the full comments, access the PDF: "Download NOI_Comments_02.2013_-_AALL_MLA_SLA."

 

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