Copyright Office to Have “Public Roundtables” About Orphan Works

The Copyright Office has announced that it will have public roundtables to discuss orphan works in DC July 26-27 and Berkeley August 2. This is interesting because, after receiving almost 900 submissions regarding orphan works already, I would have thought that the last thing the Copyright Office needs is more information. Maybe the hope is that the Copyright Office can divine some consensus between various groups by having them meet FTF. Meanwhile, I continue to assume that Lofgren won’t push her Public Domain Enhancement Act while the Copyright Office is continuing to research the issue.