Land Recording and Copyright Reform
Author(s): Molly S. Van Houweling
The high information costs associated with the contemporary copyright system are widely acknowledged and lamented. Anxiety regarding the inadequacy of information about copyright is manifest, for example, in policy debates about the status of “orphan works” whose owners cannot be identified and located. The ultimate concern is that poor information provision will lead to inadvertent infringement of unknown rights or to the abandonment of progress-promoting endeavors involving dissemination and/or improvement of existing works of authorship. The search for solutions includes calls for “reformalizing copyright,” the focus of this Symposium.
Keywords: land recording, information incentives, copyright reform