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Re. Hathi Orphans?

Is this information re: rights and permissions shared with the 
academic community, Sandy?

Thank you,

Claudia Holland
George Mason University

On 10/10/11 6:55 PM, Sandy Thatcher wrote:
> I'm not sure what you mean by "let go" here. Just because they
> are orphans, they are, by definition, not owned by any existing
> publishing house. They are books whose rights have been
> transferred back to the authors or authors' heirs. What do
> publishers have to gain by joining in an effort to systematically
> identify the status of millions of orphan works, the vast
> majority of which they will never have any reason to use? Given
> that rights and permissions departments at many publishing houses
> are understaffed and overworked, whom do you propose should do
> this extra work, and who should pay for it? There is
> collaboration on a case-by-case basis among publishers. The AAUP,
> for example, has a listserv for rights and permission staff to
> share information like this.
> Sandy Thatcher