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Web Firms' Bid For Copyright Clarity Left Hanging; Lessig Calls Legislation A 'Mess'; Individual Authors Cry Foul

Publication Date: 
October 07, 2008
Market Watch
John Letzing

Professor Lawrence Lessig is featured in a Market Watch article about a copyright bill currently mired in the House Judiciary Committee:

"It's just about the most ineffective solution one can imagine," Lessig complained of the legislation.

"It misses the whole point," he said. "What we need is a wholesale way to clarify the rights of companies like Google, Yahoo or Microsoft, so they could start to make use of [orphaned works] without an extraordinary burden." Instead, Lessig added, the Orphan Works bill places a burden on companies hoping to use orphaned works, as well as and on authors who once enjoyed extensive protections.