An ‘orphan work’ is an original work of authorship for which a good faith, prospective user cannot readily identify and/or locate the copyright owner(s) in a situation where permission from the copyright owner(s) is necessary as a matter of law (see Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry, Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, 77 FR 64555 (Oct. 22, 2012), available at http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/2012/77fr64555.pdf).
The U.S. Copyright Office has extended the deadline for public comments that address topics listed in the Office’s February 10, 2014, Notice of Inquiry and that respond to any issues raised during the public roundtables held in Washington, D.C., on March 10–11, 2014. All written comments should be submitted electronically. Comments are now due by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 21, 2014.