U.S. Copyright for Genealogists – Orphan Works

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U.S. Copyright for Genealogists – Orphan Works

Last week I provided a link to downloadable handy guide for genealogists to the complex issue of copyright in the United States.

Today let’s talk about a situation genealogists run into a lot: “orphan works,” defined as the situation in which the owner of a copyrighted work cannot be identified and located by someone who wishes to make use of the work in a manner that requires permission of the copyright owner.

Archivists Heather Briston, Mark Allen Greene, Cathy Henderson, Peter Hirtle, Peter Jaszi, William Maher, Aprille Cooke McKay, Richard Pearce-Moses, and Merrilee Proffit have compiled a guide describing what professional archivists consider to be best practices regarding reasonable efforts to identify and locate rights holders.

Visit this link to download the SAA best practices document.

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About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”