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Copyright and Orphan Works

September 29, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This full-day, free event will bring together legal experts, archivists and museums curators to explore challenges and opportunities of the recently implemented orphan works legislation.

The Digital Catapult and CREATe (University of Glasgow) 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.

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 to our panel. The afternoon session consists of a series of case studies, exploring how other institutions have used the exception and licensing scheme to digitise 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 digitisation 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 CatapultCREATe (University of Glasgow), CopyrightUser.org, and the Copyright Hub.

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Confirmed speakers include:

Bartolomeo MelettiCopyrightUser.org, CREATe (University of Glasgow)

Victoria Stobo – CREATe (University of Glasgow)

Dominic Young – CEO, The Copyright Hub

Matthew BaileyNational Portrait Gallery

Maurizio BorghiEnDOW, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM), Bournemouth University

Margaret HaigUK Intellectual Property Office

Peter MonteithKing’s College, Cambridge

Kerry PattersonEdwin Morgan Scrapbooks, CREATe & University of Glasgow Library

Annabelle Shaw and Emma CookBritish Film Institute

Abigail Turner and Peter EavesThe Museum of the Order of St John

Andrea ZarzaBritish Library

…and many more!

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