Clinic submits reply comment on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization to U.S. Copyright Office

Today, the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Clinic submitted a reply comment to the Copyright Office on the issue of orphan works and mass digitization on behalf of the International Documentary Association, Film Independent, the National Alliance For Media Arts and Culture, Kartemquin Educational Films, Inc., Glen Pitre, and the Tallgrass Film Association. The reply comment emphasizes the need for a comprehensive orphan works solution across all types of works and elaborates on the provisions necessary to adequately protect the interest of all rightsholders, enable potential users to bring critical historical and cultural works to light for the first time, and limit the creation of new orphan works in the future.

We thank the Copyright Office for providing us the opportunity to express our position on this issue and we respectfully urge the Office to continue moving forward on this important issue.

The comment can be downloaded at


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