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Legal Issues

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The Legal Issues workstream will make recommendations regarding how to approach and influence the legal and copyright environment in order to support equitable knowledge distribution in a digital world. It will confront issues such as digital lending, orphan works, international works, metadata ownership, strategies for tiered access, and how to deal with vendors and materials under various kinds of restrictions. Questions to address include how best to achieve what is possible in the current copyright environment while considering a package of legal reforms — including model legislation — that will help achieve more in the future. Major issues include the doctrine of first sale in a digital era and orphan works.