An orphan work in copyright terms refers to a copyrighted original work where the owner of the work cannot be determined, identified or contacted. This leaves the work itself in limbo, unable to be rightfully used by anyone and can have an immense impact on public knowledge gathering and information. However, academics at BU’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) are working in collaboration with the University of Glasgow to suggest improvements to the way orphan works could be legislated in the future.
Copyright and the Regulation of Orphan Works, a report commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and co-authored by Dr. Marcella Favale, Dr. Fabian Homberg, Dr. Dinusha Mendis and Dr. Davide Secchi of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University and Professor Martin Krestchmer of CREATe, University of Glasgow, was launched at the Orphans and Images event at the Law Society in London.
It took place on 2 July 2013. Marcella Favale and Fabian Homberg, introduced by Professor Martin Kretschmer, presented the report.
The report consisting of two studies, included a comparative international review of actual and proposed orphan works legislation in several jurisdictions aimed at identifying key characteristics of orphan works licensing schemes and simulated rights clearance for six scenarios in order to identify pricing models in the studied jurisdictions.
A panel discussion chaired by The Honourable Mr. Justice Arnold followed the launch of the Report. The panel included Richard Boulderstone (British Library); Matthew Cope (Intellectual Property Office); David Hoffman (Editorial Photographers EPUK / Hoffman Photos), Dr. Ros Lynch (Copyright Hub), Professor Derek McAuley (University of Nottingham and TSB Connected Digital Economy Catapult) and Dr. Jeremy Silver (Bridgeman Art Library).
The event also provided an opportunity to launch the the research agenda of CREATe and to launch the CREATe working paper series.
For more information, please see http://www.create.ac.uk/