Jim Goldstein has recently published a panel discussion on Orphan Works with professional photographers Chase Jarvis, Dan Heller and John Harrington. With view points that span the spectrum from support to opposition of the Orphan Works legislation, it is Jim’s hope that the information and viewpoints within this discussion help you form your opinions on the topic.

The audio podcast is nearly 2 hours in length, but well worth a listen. This panel of prominent photographers discuss important questions such as “What is the Significance of the Orphan Works Legislation (OWL)“, “What are the Risks With OWL“, “Is This Equitable Legislation?“, “Does The Lack of DB Technology Required Put Photographers at Greater Risk?“, and much more. If you’re still fuzzy on the Orphan Works thing, definitely give this a listen.

EXIF and Beyond: Orphan Works Panel Discussion

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I have been watching the Orphan Works for about a year and a half now. It is very good in some ways but with the internet makes it a little harder, and it is a bit wishy washy in some parts. Its funny you posted this I am actually working on an article about it for my blog. This will help greatly, can’t wait to listen.

September 29, 2008 3:19 pm

It’s easy to get worked up about this as a current media producer (as in photographer, musician or whatever). But please don’t forget the original reason for this: we are right now losing a lot of material – books, pictures, movies – as their last extant copies disappear and nobody has the rights to copy them for preservation. It’s not just that we could lose creative works; we are losing them already.

September 29, 2008 7:55 pm

Yes that is very true, but their is still a lot of fine print in the orphan works that needs to be clarified, and rewritten. We live in a world where people don’t care about one and other too. So using someone else’s work because you couldn’t find them so you believe it is Orphaned? Thats wrong too. With this bill as it is now would cause a lot of problems for us, the photographer, musician, and whatever. Maybe an Web site, almost like flikr, with Image recognizing software, and meta data storage could be the answer? Free of course. and easy for everyone to use. But then what about those who don’t have the internet?

October 2, 2008 7:07 am

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