This is an issue that affects all of us (and that has been dragging on for years).
U.S. Copyright Office Issues Report on Orphan Works
The Report documents the legal and business challenges faced by good faith users who seek to use orphan works and/or engage in mass digitization projects. It provides a series of legislative recommendations that offer users a way forward out of gridlock, but also take into account the legitimate concerns and exclusive rights of authors and other copyright owners.