‘Orphaned’ photographic works draw concern from artists, families, copyright officials

Originally from the Chicago Tribune, This Article takes a good look at “Orphaned Works.” What happens is that certain kinds of works aren’t being published,” said Eve Sinaiko, College Art Association’s director of publications. “Major museums sometimes can’t reproduce their own works.”

Libraries and archivists also struggle with the issue. They see the digitization of their collections as essential and say library patrons and researchers expect more services on-line, especially as the Internet becomes a primary research tool.

This is an especially tough issue for the nation’s largest library. The Library of Congress houses about 130 million items, but only about 9.5 million are available on-line because of the difficulty of tracking down copyright holders.