Locating a copyright owner can be a daunting and often impossible task. The Internet has made the task somewhat easier but the problem still remains. You want to reproduce a certain work, for instance, and despite all your online searches, telephone calls, emails, faxes and snail mails, you are at a dead end. Should you use the work anyhow? It is unlikely that any copyright laws around the world would consider all your efforts as an exception to the copyright law and consequently permit you to use the work without permission.
So what do you do? Click to read the entire article here.