Guidance

Orphan works diligent search guidance for applicants

Guidance on searching for right holders in copyright works to obtain permission to reproduce the work.

Documents

Orphan works diligent search guidance: Film, music and sound

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Orphan works diligent search guidance: Literary works

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Orphan works diligent search checklist: Literary works

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Orphan works diligent search guidance: Still visual art

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Orphan works diligent search checklist: Still visual art

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Diligent search guidance summary of changes 2015

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Detail

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