Advocacy & Policy
Orphan works are generally defined as copyrighted works where the author or owner of the work cannot be identified or located.
H.R. 4279, "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007 (PRO IP)
The PRO IP Act proposes to weaken the long-established one work rule, which today imposes a measure of certainty on how copyright statutory damages are calculated. Under current law, a copyright plaintiff may seek up to $150,000 per work infringed. In the case of compilations, the one work rule recognizes that the compilation is being marketed as one work, although it may in fact consist of multiple components.
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2008 September 04