Copyright Regulation and Access to Web Document Archives

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 7, 2004

New Lawsuit Spotlights Thousands of Copyright “Orphans” That Should Be in the Public Domain:

  • “The plaintiffs in Kahle v. Ashcroft are the Internet Archive and Prelinger Associates, both Web libraries that make thousands of works freely available online, including audio, books, films, and software. In general, these works must be in the public domain, unburdened by copyright controls, before they can be made available: finding owners is often impossible, and paying for permission to reprint is not realistic for archives that house many thousands of documents.”
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