U.S. Copyright Policy for the 21st Century
Chapter 3: Orphan works and mass digitization
Discussions about orphan works predate the copyright review by nearly 10 years, but the topic re-emerged in the wake of cases involving the Google Books mass digitization project and a number of universities that supplied books for the effort. Those cases have greatly expanded the fair use doctrine, leading many who once supported a legislative solution to orphan works to change their tune, threatening to harm the integrity and stability of the copyright system as a whole.
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