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Copyright and Orphan Works

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Copyright and Orphan Works

By 21 July 2015No Comments

CREATe and the Digital Catapult are organising an interactive workshop and roundtable event that aims to generate points of discussion and provide reliable guidance about the legislation governing the digitisation, dissemination and consumption of orphan works in the digital age. It will also be an opportunity for the organisers to better understand what archivists and curators specifically need to know about the new orphan works exception and UK licensing scheme, and copyright law in general.

Copyright and Orphan Works / London / September 29th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

To book a space and for the most up to date information, please visit the Digital Catapult workshop page.

Throughout history, the cultural heritage sector has adapted its practices to successive technological and legislative changes, and the recent developments in copyright law, including the introduction of an orphan works exception and licensing scheme, are the topic of much debate. Today, digital technologies and the internet present new opportunities as well as challenges for those who preserve our cultural heritage and want to make it as accessible as possible. In this context, it becomes increasingly important to be guided by accurate and accessible copyright information as opposed to myths and anecdotes.

The morning session is an opportunity to learn about the new orphan works legislation in detail, and ask questions of our panel. The afternoon session consists of a series of case studies, exploring how other institutions have used the exception and licensing scheme to digitize and make collections available online.

To encourage fruitful discussion during the afternoon session, we invite attendees to bring examples of orphan works in their collections. This could involve a particular item that may be orphaned, or a description of a collection that contains a large number of orphan works. You may not be able to consider digitization of your collections at this stage, but the afternoon session is a valuable opportunity to trade examples, experiences and ideas.

This event is part of a series of workshops entitled ‘Understanding UK Copyright Law’, aimed at providing guidance about copyright to different sectoral groups of the creative industries.

‘Understanding UK Copyright Law’ is a joint initiative of the Digital Catapult, CREATe (University of Glasgow),, and the Copyright Hub.

Confirmed speakers for the morning session include:

Confirmed speakers for the afternoon session include:

Full Programme

09.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 10.30 Welcome

Martin Kretschmer (CREATe, University of Glasgow)

Bartolomeo Meletti & Kris Erickson (

Dominic Young (Copyright Hub)

10.30 – 11.30 The Orphan Works Licensing Scheme + Q&A

Margaret Haig (Intellectual Property Office)

11.30 – 12.00 Crowdsourcing Diligent Search: The EnDOW Project + Q&A

Maurizio Borghi (University of Bournemouth)

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.45 Case Studies

Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks
Kerry Patterson, University of Glasgow

King’s College, University of Cambridge
Peter Monteith

National Portrait Gallery
Matthew Bailey

Glasgow School of Art
Victoria Stobo, University of Glasgow

Unlocking Film Heritage – British Film Institute
Annabelle Shaw and Emma Cook

British Library Sound Archive
Andrea Zarza

Museum of the Order of St. John
Abigail Turner and Peter Eaves

14.45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16.15 Panel Discussion + Q&A

Chair: Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University, Belfast)

Margaret Haig (IPO)

Tim Padfield (Author of Copyright for Archivists and Records Managers)

Andrea Wallace (University of Glasgow)

Victoria Stobo (University of Glasgow)

16.15 – 16.30 Next Steps and Farewell


The Twitter hashtag for the event is #orphanworks

Bartolomeo Meletti – @copyrightuser
Dominic Young – @CopyrightHub
Margaret Haig – @The_IPO
Maurizio Borghi – @cippm
Kerry Patterson – @kerrycurator
Matthew Bailey – @NPGLondon
Peter Monteith – @Kings_College
Victoria Stobo – @vstobo, @GSALibrary
Annabelle Shaw – @BFI
Emma Cook – @BFI
Andrea Zarza – @soundarchive, @britishlibrary
Abigail Turner – @StJohnsGate
Peter Eaves – @StJohnsGate
Ronan Deazley – @QueensUBelfast
Tim Padfield – none
Andrea Wallace – @AndeeWallace
CREATe – @copyrightcentre
Digital Catapult – @DigiCatapult