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‘Orphans and Images’ – Report Launch and Panel Discussion

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Launch of the Orphan Works Report
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Report Launch

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and CREATe, the Research Council UK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy jointly launched an independent report for the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), entitled “Copyright, and the Regulation of Orphan Works” on 2nd July 2013 at the Law Society London.

The Hargreaves Review stated: “The problem of orphan works – works to which access is effectively barred because the copyright holder cannot be traced – represents the starkest failure of the copyright framework to adapt.” (Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth; London: Intellectual Property Office; 2011; p. 38). This new study offers 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.

The report (download from here) presents the findings of a detailed empirical study, simulating the clearance of Copyright_and_the_Regulation_of_Orphan Works_Coverorphan works (i.e. works whose author or owner cannot be located) in seven jurisdictions. Scenarios tested for both commercial and non-commercial use include: Historical geographic maps for a video game for mobile phones; A vintage postcard collection for web publication and eventual sale of prints; National folk tune recordings for multimedia/teaching (DVD); Re-issuing a 1960/70s TV series as part of a digital on-demand service (one series); Mass digitisation of photographs (archives) by a public non-profit institution, with possible sale of prints (above 100,000 items); Mass digitisation of books by a private for-profit institution, with possible sale of books (above 100,000 items).

The report was written by academics from the Centre for IP Policy & Management, Business School, Bournemouth University (Dr Marcella Favale, Dr Fabian Homberg, Dr Dinusha Mendis, Dr Davide Secchi) and Prof. Martin Kretschmer (CREATe/ University of Glasgow).

Victoria’s blogpost highlighting key moments from the Event

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Panel Discussion

The report launch provided a fitting opportunity to network and explore the research agenda of CREATe. The CREATe working paper series was launched ( and two collaborative digital platform projects were demonstrated: Contextualising Business Models ( and

Following the above, there was a panel discussion (chaired by The Honourable Mr Justice Arnold) which explored potential solutions from the perspective of the business model of the professional photographer. This included discussion of technological aspects such as registers, metadata, and image recognition, as well as copyright and contract issues such as moral rights and metadata stripping. Speakers included Richard Boulderstone (British Library), Matthew Cope (IPO), David Hoffman (Editorial Photographers EPUK/ Hoffman Photos), Ros Lynch (Copyright Hub), Derek McAuley (University of Nottingham & TSB Connected Digital Economy Catapult), Jeremy Silver (Bridgeman Art Library).

Event Transcript

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