The regulation of orphan works has stalled in many countries. The issues are complex - hence providing a comprehensive legislative solution is challenging. Yet the problems created by orphan works are increasing, in line with ever-increasing terms of copyright protection. Indeed, some secondary users may be forced to take calculated risks and work outside of the letter of the law to use orphan works. Absent such risk-taking, many copyright works would be lost to our common heritage.
Our speakers discussed the orphan works problem from the perspectives of museums, archives and publishers with debate on some options for reform.
Melanie Johnson, Member of the APCA Executive Committee, moderated this session featuring Paula Browning (CEO of Copyright Licensing Ltd), Dr Emily Hudson (King’s College London) and Dr Mike Dickison (Vice-President of Wikimedia Aotearoa New Zealand).