Group Urge Congress to Save Orphan Films

June 12, 2003

A diverse group of movie archivists, preservationists, and creators sent a message to Congress today that without reforms in the copyright system, the majority of the nation’s historical motion picture heritage faces destruction as the film on which it’s printed crumbles away. They expressed their support for a proposal that would allow ‘orphan films’ — those that are no longer under active copyright management — to enter the public domain so that they can be copied, archived, and preserved. Media release.

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