The question of how to manage orphan works (works for which the rightsholder is unknown or cannot be traced) has remained high on the strategic agenda of many museums, libraries, archives, universities and colleges and other organisations across the UK who own a vast range of creative works from artworks to manuscripts to academic research.
Many of these works are ‘in copyright’ and often, the copyright is owned by third parties, such as the artist themselves, their heirs, representatives or other third parties. These works include those which have a high commercial value, such as fine art and commercial films and others which are of negligible commercial value but high academic, cultural and historic worth eg documentary photographs, amateur films, letters and sound recordings.
In order to use these works, and provide access to them, organisations have to effectively manage the associated rights and permissions of these works.
These tools aim to explain, offer practical advice and provide enhanced understanding on this issue with the aim of potentially limiting the number of orphan works being created daily.
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Licensing publications
- Video Lecture Series: IPR and Sustainability for Universities (April 2012)
- Video Lecture Series: IPR and Sustainability for Libraries (April 2012)
- Video Lecture Series: IPR and Sustainability for Museums (April 2012)
- SCA IPR elearning module- Orphan works and risk management (April 2011)
- Orphan works poster (March 2011)
- Briefing Paper on Managing Orphan Works (March 2011)
- Template Notice and Take Down Policy and Procedure (March 2011)
- IPR Navigation Map (September 2009)
- IPR Toolkit – Section 2: Practical Tools (September 2009)
- IPR Toolkit- Section 3: Template policy statements (September 2009)
- In from the Cold: An assessment of the scope of ‘orphan works’ and its impact on the delivery of services to the public (April 2009)
- Case Studies Mapping the Flows of Content, Value and Rights across the Public Sector- FULL REPORT (March 2009)
- 1.2: Web 2.0 and IP Factsheet (March 2009)
- 1.3: Web 2.0 and Legal Issues Factsheet (March 2009)
- 2.1: Getting Permissions (March 2009)
- 2.2: IPR Risk Assessments (March 2009)
- 2.3: Terminology Toolkit (March 2009)
- 2.4: Top Tips for Issuing Licences to Third Parties wishing to Use Your Content (March 2009)
- 2.5: Top Tips for Requesting Licences from Third Parties whose Content You Wish to Use (March 2009)
- 2.6: IPR Model Consent Form (March 2009)
- 2.8: Template Email Permission Form (March 2009)
- 2.9: Template Permission Letter (March 2009)
- 2.10: Rights Management (March 2009)
- 2.11: FAQs (March 2009)