Locating Copyright Holders

In some occasions, the copyright holder can be difficult to locate for various reasons. These reasons can include that the publishing house is no longer in business or that the copyright holder has died. The agent or the family members must therefore be traced to determine if permission can be obtained to publish or republish a copyrighted work; however, locating these individuals can pose a problem as well. In any event, the copyrighted work cannot be used without permission because legal liability and fines may be imposed. This article informs about the legal mechanisms to locate a copyright holder in the United States.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How should the copyright holder be traced effectively?
What is the WATCH project?
What about if these options have failed in locating the copyright holder?

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