House Hearing on Orphan Works

Tomorrow (Thursday, March 13), the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property will hold a hearing on orphan works, titled, “Hearing on Promoting the Use of Orphan Works: Balancing the Interests of Copyright Owners and Users.” The hearing will take place at 10:00 AM in Room 2141 of the Rayburn House Office Building. A live webcast will be available.

Mary Alice Baish, Acting Washington Affairs Representative for AALL, wrote a letter on behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) to the Subcommittee Chairman Howard L. Berman (D-CA-28 ) and Ranking Member Howard Coble (R-NC-6) to express gratitude to the Subcommittee for holding a hearing on orphan works. The LCA consists of five major library associations: the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association, and the Special Libraries Association. The letter associated the LCA with Karen Coe’s testimony on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and emphasized the importance of orphan works to museums, libraries and archives as institutions that collectively preserve our cultural heritage.

Witnesses will include:

Marybeth Peters
Register of Copyrights
U.S. Copyright Office
Washington, DC

Allan Robert Adler
Vice President of Legal and Governmental Affairs
Association of American Publishers, Inc.
Washington, DC

Corinne P. Kevorkian
President and General Manager
Schumacher, A Division of F. Schumacher & Company
New York, NY

Karen C. Coe
Associate Legal Counsel
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
Washington, DC

Victor S. Perlman
General Counsel and Managing Director
American Society of Media Photographers, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA

Maya Gura
Director of Marketing and Sales
San Franciso, CA

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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