Consultation outcome

Copyright: UK orphan works licensing scheme

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Response document: Copyright works - seeking the lost

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Detail of outcome

This document is a summary of what respondents to the consultation said on the proposals. It also sets out the draft rules the government intends to introduce to Parliament in the light of the consultation.

The government would like to thank all those who took the time to contribute to the consultation.

Feedback received

American Society of Journalists and Authors

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Archives and Records Association

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Archives Centre Kings College Cambridge

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Association of Authors Agents

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Association of Illustrators

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Association of Photographers Ltd

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B Totterdell

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BBC

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Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland

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Bristol Design

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British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies

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British Copyright Council

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British Equity Collecting Society Ltd

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British Film Institute

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British Institute of Professional Photography

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Creators Rights Alliance

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Derek Simpson

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Education Photos

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Equity

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Federation of Commercial Audio-visual Libraries International

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Gillian Spraggs

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Imperial War Museums

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Independent Film & Television Alliance

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International Association of Scientific Technical & Medical Publishers

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International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations

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John McNairn

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Karen Sayers

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Museums IP Network and National Museum Directors Conference

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Music Publishers Association

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NA3T Archive of Transport Travel & Trade

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National Library of Scotland

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National Writers Union

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Wellcome Trust

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Detail of feedback received

We have published 53 individual responses we received in response to our consultation. There were 4 confidential responses.

Original consultation

Summary

We’re consulting on proposals to address the problem of reproducing copyright works when rights holders can't be found.

This consultation ran from
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Consultation description

We want to know your views on the legal effectiveness, structure and effect of proposed draft secondary legislation for the UK orphan works licensing scheme. We also want your views on how we intend to implement the EU Directive on certain orphan works permitted uses into UK law.

Orphan works are copyright works (such as books, photographs, films and music) for which 1 or more of the copyright owners can’t be found. If you want to copy a work to use it in a book, an exhibition, on a website or in a documentary, you need to obtain permission from the rights holders (creators, publishers, broadcasters etc). At present, an orphaned work cannot be reproduced lawfully.

The government’s orphan works scheme aims to address the issue of reproducing works when rights holders can’t be found. Alongside the UK scheme, the government is implementing the complementary EU orphan works directive, which will allow publicly accessible archives to digitise certain works and display them on their websites for access across the EU.

It is for all interested parties across all sectors, including:

  • rights holders
  • rights holders’ representatives
  • anyone wishing to reproduce copyright works where the copyright owner can’t be found

Documents

Consultation document: Copyright works - seeking the lost

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Published 10 January 2014
Last updated 4 July 2014 + show all updates
  1. Public feedback summaries published.
  2. This consultation has been transitioned from IPO website. We have added the original consultation document and published the government response on 30 May 2014.
  3. First published.