Say you remember a show from your childhood and would love to watch it again. It could be for sentimental purposes, because you want to write about it, or make a research paper, or want to adapt it for the big screen, etc.
Now, say that the right holders are either retired and very old, and haven't decided to make a VOD or a DVD or a BLU-RAY offer for this TV show that would allow you to legally purchase or watch it again.
Is there a way to request that the right holders make the works for which they own a copyright public? I'm not asking how to get in touch with someone, but if there's a law that can make a copyright holder forced to release the works they own copyright to.