Intellectual Property

Clinic Submitted Comments to U.S. Copyright Office on behalf of Internet Archive regarding Orphan Works

Type: Clinical Project, Comments
Year: 2005

The Samuelson Clinic submitted comments on behalf of the Internet Archive in response to the Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry (PDF) relating to Orphan Works.

In its comments, the Internet Archive urged the Copyright Office to consider the impact that Orphan Works—works whose owners are difficult or impossible to locate—have on the digital library and archiving community. It addressed the problems that Orphan Works present to digital libraries, discussed solutions and practices the Internet Archive has developed in analogous situations, and proposed that digital libraries should have the right to preserve digital works and to provide access to such works pursuant to a request and removal system that would allow rights holders to withhold their works from being archived and remove works already archived.