Wednesday, December 5, 2007
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Will Google Book Search Change Anything?
Rescuing orphans from obscurity
Orphan works are those books, records, images, compositions, manuscripts, movies, screenplays, paintings and drawings -- in short, any work protected by copyright -- whose owner cannot be determined, located, or who does not respond when contacted. We have always had orphan works, but a number of factors have converged to turn their existence into a [...] digitized work.
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Case in point:
Do not stand at my grave and weep is a popular poem, largely considered to be written by Mary Elizabeth Frye (1904-2004), but of disputed origin.
There is some ambiguity as to the poem's writer, and it was neither published nor copyrighted by Frye, although she was the only living person to credibly claim its authorship. Frye is near universally cited as the author, and her literary significance is based almost entirely upon it, but other sources, including traditional native American origins, have been suggested over the years.