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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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

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