UK Orphan Works Law Takes Effect: Similar US Law Is Increasingly Unlikely

By David Walker

A controversial “orphan works” law, making it legal under certain conditions to use photos and other creative works belonging to copyright owners who cannot be located, took effect took effect October 29 in the United Kingdom. Efforts to enact a similar law in the US continue to languish.

Orphan works laws reduce the legal risk for publishers, film makers, museums, libraries, universities, and private citizens who want to use copyrighted works, but cannot locate the copyright owners of those works. The laws are intended to make the works available for public benefit, provided users conduct a “diligent search” for the …read more

Via: PDN Pulse


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