orphan works

Definition of "orphan works"
  1. Copyrighted materials whose owners are hard to find
How to use "orphan works" in a sentence
  1. The producer wanted to use a photo in his movie, but it was listed among the orphan works.
  2. The librarian found several orphan works in their rare book collection.
  3. Digitizing orphan works can be legally complicated due to copyright issues.

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