ARL Releases Resource Packet on Orphan Works

September 15, 2011 | Announcements, News

To preserve their commitment to teaching, research, and learning, libraries have significant interest making available orphan works, copyrighted books for which the copyright holders cannot be identified or contacted. The legality of making orphan works available to the public was recently challenged by three authors’ groups and eight individual authors in a lawsuit filed against the orphan works partnership and digital works repository HathiTrust and five of its research library partners. To shed light on the dispute, the Association of Research Libraries has released a resource packet providing information about the core issues in that suit, including the scope and applicability of fair use to orphan works.

Download the resource packet here.