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57 Syracuse L. Rev. 123 (2006-2007)
Can You Find a Home for this Orphan Copyright Work - A Statutory Solution for Copyright - Protected Works Whose Owners Cannot Be Located

handle is hein.journals/syrlr57 and id is 131 raw text is: CAN YOU FIND A HOME FOR THIS ORPHAN
COPYRIGHT WORK?
A STATUTORY SOLUTION FOR COPYRIGHT-
PROTECTED WORKS WHOSE OWNERS CANNOT BE
LOCATED
Benjamin T. Hickmant
CONTENTS
IN TRO D UCTION  .......................................................................................... 124
I.     B ACKGROUN   D  ................................................................................. 126
II.    WHY ORPHAN WORKS ARE A PROBLEM ........................................ 128
A.   Congressional Modifications to the Copyright Law Have
Created the Orphan Works Problem ....................................... 129
1. Copyright Law Prior to Congressional Modifications ...... 129
2.  Repeal of  Form alities ......................................................... 131
3. Impact of Copyright Term Extension ................................. 132
4. Orphan Works and the Copyright Imbalance .................... 133
B.   Empirical Evidence ................................................................. 134
III.   LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL: AN         AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE FOR
USERS WHO HAVE CONDUCTED A REASONABLY DILIGENT
SEARCH FOR THE COPYRIGHT OWNER ........................................... 135
A.   The Diligent Search Solution Best Addresses the Orphan
W orks  P roblem   ........................................................................ 136
1.  Incentives  ........................................................................... 138
2.  Technology  ......................................................................... 139
a.  Technology Useful for Owners ................................... 139
b.  Technology Useful for Users ....................................... 140
3.  F lexibility  ........................................................................... 142
4.  P olitical  Viability  ............................................................... 143
5. Addressing Concerns of Visual Artists .............................. 144
t B.A., Journalism and International Relations, Syracuse University, 2004; J.D.
candidate, Syracuse University College of Law, 2007; M.A. candidate, International
Relations, Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, 2007. I am
indebted to Professor Laura Lape, who suggested the topic for this Note and taught me how
to think like a lawyer.

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