UK Orphan works scheme: Review of the first twelve months

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published its review of first twelve months of the operation of the UK Orphan Works Scheme, which was set up in October 2014.

There have been 48 applications during the first 12 months of the orphan works licensing scheme covering nearly 300 individual works. Nearly 94% of these works are either still images (229) or written works (47).  No licences have been refused and no appeals have been lodged during the first year. No right holders have made themselves known to the authorising body after the granting of an application.  The majority of respondents who indicated their satisfaction with the orphan works licensing system were very satisfied or satisfied (six out of seven).

IPO also provides a single point of contact in relation to the EU Directive on certain permitted uses of orphan works for OHIM in the UK in relation to orphan works. The survey discovered that a large number of respondents were unclear about who may make use of the Directive and for what purposes.  10 Cultural heritage organisations in the UK have registered for the status as beneficiary organisations with OHIM database in order to make use of the Directive.

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