Guidance on searching for right holders in copyright works to obtain permission to reproduce the work.
Orphan works are copyright works where one or more right holder is unknown or cannot be located. These guides will be helpful if you decide to apply for a licence under the orphan works licensing scheme, which requires a diligent search to be completed. They include details on the sources that applicants must consult and a non exhaustive list of additional sources which might be helpful. They have been developed through working with professionals in the relevant sectors. Checklists to show that you have completed a diligent search have also been published, which may be used in the application process.
These documents are divided into three broad areas of copyright works:
- film and sound
- literary works
- still visual art