Rashmi Rangnath, a Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, addresses one of the "misconceptions" about the orphan work reform proposals:
"Let me be clear. The orphan works bills would not require owners to take any steps not already required by copyright law to be eligible for copyright protection. The bills would merely provide a way, with visual registries, to help owners identify themselves as creators of their works. Owners are free to use these services or not."