The Orphan Works Directive, adopted in 2012, sought to facilitate the making available online of materials whose rights holders are difficult to identify or locate. Find out about the results of a recent review of the Directive and the alternative solution available.
Risk management remains important for cultural heritage institutions who are clearing rights and publishing their collections online, particularly for UK cultural heritage institutions which are no longer able to use the Orphan Works Directive as a basis for sharing their collections online. Naomi Korn offers advice on this approach!
The inDICES project is hard at work carrying out research into the impact of digitisation and intellectual property regulations on cultural heritage institutions. Colleagues from the project share the findings of a recent analysis on copyright for cultural heritage institutions in different countries.
Eight years on from the adoption of the Orphan Works Directive, the European Commission has initiated a review of the Directive through a survey on its application. 87 institutions submitted their views, and today we tell you about Europeana’s response.
Should libraries and museums stop secondary websites from republishing so-called ‘orphan’ works? Ellen Euler, professor for Open Access & Open Data in Germany at the University of Applied Science Potsdam, looks at a current case in point playing out in Germany.