The orphan works issue is back and being
jammed through the UK Parliament right now

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[Editor Charlie sez:  Given that the Google Party in Europe is jamming a new orphan works on steriods bill through the UK and EU Parliaments, this is a good time to repost this history of orphan works from last year.  See “UK’s Brazen Copyright Landgrab Sneaked Into Enterprise Bill” and Photography Organisations Raise Objections to EU Orphan Works Law]

In the aftermath of the Google Books debacle, we are starting to hear noises that Google will back a new orphan works bill in this Congress.  There are some commentators—truly misguided in my view—who are calling for Congress to bring back the failed legislation from 2008 known as the “Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act”.  (The late Shawn Bentley was a tech industry lobbyist and former Senate Judiciary staff counsel.)  Let’s review that legislation in light of what we now know.  (For a more detailed account, see Unhand That…

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      1. I think it means that they deemed scholarly works as so valuable they should be free, That and they want the authors to subsidize the education of college students.

        What I guess I don’t get… Copyright does not claim ownership of ideas. The college professors who are getting paid to teach could simply read the works, and then teach it with their own expression and own writings – even use pieces of the article in fair use (graph or snippets of text). But we seem to encourage laziness. Instead of the teacher teaching, he just hands out the works of others and let that scholar doing the teaching instead. So these scholars are effectively teaching parts of a course with no compensation.

        Anyhow, I’m not sure this has much to do with the current article about orphaned works. Just caught the part about Canada in the article, and running across this article makes me question how they mangle the word “balance”.

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