HathiTrust suspends its Orphan Works Release

September 16, 2011

September 16, 2011. Following the filing of a lawsuit over its scanning and orphan works initiative, HathiTrust this morning said it would suspend indefinitely its plan to release a set of 140 orphan works until its processes for determining copyright status are improved. The move comes after Authors Guild members this week said that some of the works on the list were in fact likely still under copyright. In a statement, University of Michigan officials said they welcomed the scrutiny of the list, but that a reivew has revealed serious enough errors to rethink its procedures. “This tells us that our pilot process is flawed,” the statement notes.


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