Orphan Works

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Searching High and Low: The Licensing of Orphan Works

Subject to a limited number of statutory exceptions, copyright works may be used only with the consent of those who hold the rights in them. Yet in some instances, rights holders cannot be identified or traced, leaving these...more

The Orphan and the Unknown Soldier

As noted in various outlets in the past few days, museums in the UK are drawing the public’s attention to the problem of orphan works and the need for copyright reform to address the problem. Orphan works are...more

UK: New Licensing Scheme for use of Orphan Works

On 29 October 2014, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills launched a new licensing scheme which aims to give wider access to millions of culturally valuable creative ‘orphan’ works....more

The Challenge of the Unlocatable Copyright Owner – Checklists!

As this blog has documented on numerous occasions, Canada’s Copyright Act contains an “unlocatable owner” licensing mechanism (sometimes referred to as the “orphan works” mechanism), which enables prospective users of...more

The Challenge Of The Unlocatable Copyright Owner – The Return

A few years back this blog published a couple of brief posts (The Challenge of the Unlocatable Copyright Owner; and The Challenge of the Unlocatable Copyright Owner – Now Empirically Verified) about the Copyright Board of...more

Recent Copyright And Trademark Administrative Developments

Some recent administrative developments may be of interest to copyright and trademark practitioners: Copyright Fees - Effective May 1, 2014, the U.S. Copyright Office has amended its registration fee schedule. This...more

“Please Sir, I Want Some More” Rules: U.S. Copyright Office Considers “Orphan” Works Legislation

The U.S. Copyright Office has called for public comment on potential legislative solutions to the problem of orphan works under U.S. Copyright law....more

Copyright Law Reform Engages Both Courts and Congress

Big changes may be afoot in copyright law these days, via both litigation and legislation. Courts are considering sweeping infringement claims with potentially far-reaching implications, and Congress is beginning the process...more

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