Originally Posted by phenomshel
Well, the whole thing annoys me. No one cared about "orphan works" until Google came along, and then BAM...everyone wants a piece. There are lots of things out of print/copyright that I'd love to be able to get in ebook format, but the publishers don't care about re-releasing them, because they think they won't make any money off them, and the authors aren't alive to nag them about it. Google Books would have solved this nicely, but noooo....*goes off muttering*
Of course people cared. A lot of the criticism against the current laws is because of orphan works.