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Background: Today, Public Knowledge, joined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, filed reply comments in the Copyright Office's orphan works and mass digitization inquiry.
Orphan works are copyrighted works whose owners cannot be found. Because these works are still under copyright, the orphan status of a work prevents its subsequent use. As a result, many socially, culturally, and historically significant works can languish in obscurity.
This quote can be attributed to Rashmi Rangnath, Director of the Global Knowledge Initiative and Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge.
"Solutions to the problem of orphan works are essential to ensure that people have access to their cultural heritage. Without these solutions, letters, photos, and film clips that document significant periods of our history could be out of reach.