Originally Posted by teh603
If the EU just decided that, it means the US is going to do a release in about three weeks that all orphaned works are to be granted perpetual copyright and become un-distributable.
Cause the US likes to be "better" than the EU, and usually goes about it in the exact wrong way.
You may be right, who knows. I would like it if the US permitted the publication of orphaned books. The real question is what is an orphaned work. I would say something like the work hasn't been in print for a given time period and there has been a good faith effort to find the copyright holder. I'm sure that a process could be put in place that will work 95% of the time. Perhaps a national copyright database or some such thing. I would also say that a fee per sale should be put in escrow for a set amount of time just in case the actual copyright holder actually does appear at a later time.