Monday, March 14, 2005

Ever used a sample?

The US Copyright Office is considering changing copyright law to allow us access to works where the copyright owner can't be found. Right now, even if you want to track down the author and pay for a sample, sometimes you can't.. and then the law is against you even if there's no way to reach the author. they call them Orphan Works. locked away from the public because the laws don't make sense.

The C.O. has specifically asked for comments from people who have run up against the problem of trying to clear a potentially copyrighted work -- either for use in a new creative effort or simply to make the work available to the public once again.

the EFF has a site set up with a webform where you can tell your story of difficulty. If you've got one, go.

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