CREATe Working Paper No. 7, Copyright, and the Regulation of Orphan Works, Available Now

The seventh release in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available for download. Copyright, and the Regulation of Orphan Works: A comparative review of seven jurisdictions and a rights clearance simulation by Marcella Favale, Fabian Homberg, Martin Kretschmer, Dinusha Mendis and Davide Secchi is a collaboration between the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (, Bournemouth University (BU), the Department for Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour, The Business School, BU, and CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright & New Business Models (

This report was commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office to support the implementation of the Hargreaves Review. It aims to offer a clearer understanding of how orphan works are regulated and priced in other jurisdictions, and how a pricing system could be structured to ensure that “parents” are fairly remunerated if they re-appear, and users are incentivised to access and exploit registered orphan works.

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