Items tagged "Orphan Works"

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Public Knowledge Opposes Google Book Search Court Settlement

September 8, 2009 Antitrust , Google Book Search , Orphan Works , Press Release

Public Knowledge today told a Federal court in New York that the settlement between Google and the Authors' Guild over Google Book Search should not be approved in its present form. The brief is available here.

"Public Knowledge Google Book Search Amicus Brief"

In particular, Public Knowledge said it is concerned about the aspects of the complicated settlement that deal with orphan works — works whose copyright holders are unknown or who cannot be found.

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Statement of Public Knowledge on Google Book Search Case

April 29, 2009 Fair Use , Google Book Search , Orphan Works , Press Release

The key concern we have with the settlement is its effect on orphan works. For those books whose authors or copyright holders can't be found, the settlement automatically places them into a system where their works can be digitally published only by one party.

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Public Knowledge Commends Senate Panel Approval of Orphan Works Bill

May 15, 2008 Orphan Works , Press Release

Background: The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved on voice vote S. 2913, The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008. (Bentley was a former Committee staff member who died at age 41.) Orphan works are works, such as photographs, music or film, or other works for which the copyright holder can't be found by someone who wants to use the work in a way that normally would require permission. Works can become "orphaned" for a number of reasons: the owner did not register the work, the owner sold rights in the work and did not register the transfer, the owner died and his heirs cannot be found.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Commends Approval of Orphan Works Legislation

May 7, 2008 Orphan Works , Press Release

Background: The House Intellectual Property Subcommittee today approved H.R. 5889, the Orphan Works Act of 2008. Orphan works are works, such as photographs, music or film, or other works for which the copyright holder can't be found by someone who wants to use the work in a way that normally would require permission. Works can become "orphaned" for a number of reasons: the owner did not register the work, the owner sold rights in the work and did not register the transfer, the owner died and his heirs cannot be found.

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Public Knowledge Statement on the House Judiciary Committee Approval of Pro-IP Bill

April 30, 2008 Orphan Works , Piracy , Press Release

Earlier today, the House Judiciary Committee approved HR 4279, the Pro-IP bill, which would increase penalties for violations of intellectual property laws, among other items.

The following is the statement of Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

"We are pleased that the Committee amended the bill (HR 4279) to make clear there has to be a 'substantial connection' between property to be seized, such as a computer, a car or a house, and any violations of the copyright law. Now that the Committee has approved the bill, we look forward to legislative action on Orphan Works legislation, (HR 5889), that would work to restore balance in copyright law."

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Groups Praise Orphan Works Legislation Introduced In Senate and House

April 24, 2008 Orphan Works , Press Release

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Public Knowledge, the Internet Archive, Association of Public Television Stations and the Association of Research Libraries joined today to praise the work of Senate and House legislators for introducing legislation that would allow for greater use of "orphan works." Those are books, music, photos or other works for which the copyright holder can't be found by someone who wants to use the work in a way that normally would require permission.

Works can become "orphaned" for a number of reasons: the owner did not register the work, the owner sold rights in the work and did not register the transfer, the owner died and his heirs cannot be found. The U.S. Copyright Office found in January, 2006 that that the "orphan works problem is real and warrants attention."

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and former panel Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Senate's version, S. 2913. House Intellectual Property Subcommittee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA), introduced his chamber's bill with Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), senior Committee Republican Lamar Smith (R-TX) and ranking Subcommittee member Howard Coble (R-NC).

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Public Knowledge Challenges Copyright Enforcement Legislation

December 13, 2007 Orphan Works , Press Release

Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn said today in Congressional testimony that new copyright enforcement legislation (HR 4279) could harm consumers and innovators while not creating an effective deterrent to copyright violations.

In testimony to the House Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, Sohn said she agreed that while "enforcing IP laws is essential to encouraging creativity, certain parts of the bill could undermine this goal."

Overall, Sohn said she wanted to challenge the assumption on which efforts to improve enforcement of intellectual property laws are built – that "ever-higher penalties will somehow create a deterrent effect currently absent in today's laws." She told the Subcommittee that "of all the changes that need to be made to IP law, increasing the severity of the penalties is one of the least necessary, and quite possibly, the most counterproductive."

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Public Knowledge Proposes Six-Point Program for Copyright Reform

October 26, 2007 DRM , Fair Use , Orphan Works , Press Release

Saying that copyright law has "become out of touch with our technological reality to the detriment of creators and the public," Public Knowledge President Gigi B. Sohn today unveiled a new program for copyright reform that will be more responsive to new innovations.

"Pre-VCR copyright policies must be transformed to embrace our new user-generated culture," Sohn said in a speech to the New Media and the Marketplace of Ideas Conference at Boston University. A complete text of the speech is available at: https://www.publicknowledge.org/node/1244.

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Statement of Public Knowledge on Orphan Works legislation

May 23, 2006 News & Analysis , Orphan Works , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Background: Yesterday, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee, introduced HR 5439, the Orphan Works Act of 2006. The bill is scheduled to be marked up in subcommittee tomorrow (May 24).

Public Knowledge is part of a coalition that has been active in promoting the use of orphan works. Others in the group are: Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers; Doculink; Film Arts Foundation; FIND (Film Independent); International Documentary Association; Independent Feature Project (IFP); National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture; National Video Resources.

The following is a statement from Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

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Filmmaker Tells Senate How Orphan Works Issues Hinder Creativity

April 6, 2006 News & Analysis , Orphan Works , Press Release

For Immediate Release

Uncertainties surrounding the use of orphan works are hurting the ability of filmmakers to tell their stories, Columbia University Journalism Professor June Cross told a Senate subcommittee this afternoon.

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