Washington, D.C.— Future of Music Coalition (FMC) — a national non-profit research, education and advocacy organization for musicians — has proposed a set of creator-centric changes to US copyright law to ensure that musicians and other artists are included in a solution to the so-called “orphan works” problem.
Orphan works are those whose rightful owner cannot be located. For a decade, policymakers have wrestled with a solution that allows for increased access to cultural expression while respecting the rights of copyright owners. FMC supports legislation to address the issue, and has provided the US Copyright Office with specific ways to include creators in their recommendations. read more
Let’s say you wanted to use an existing piece of music in a new creation. You managed to track down the creator, who gave you his or her blessing. You’re all set, right? Not so fast. Copyright owners, who are not necessarily the creators, have the right to license new uses of their works. If the copyright owner can’t be found, you have no legal rights to use the work, even if the creator is locatable. It’s an “orphan work”. read more