Those working in universities, archives, libraries, museums, health services 
and public service broadcasters might be interested in this JISC survey below 
on orphaned works. It aims to establish how much time, effort and money is 
spent on
orphan works across Europe by people working in the public sector and to find 
out the effect orphan works have on cultural heritage preservation at an 
international level.

Jessica Coates
Project Manager
Creative Commons Clinic
Queensland University of Technology
 
ph: 07 3138 8301
fax: 07 3138 9395
email: j2.coa...@qut.edu.au


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Subject: News release: Contribute to international survey on orphan
works

News release
21 January 2010

Contribute to international survey on orphan works

Experts who create and curate digital content from public sector
organisations across Europe, are invited to contribute to JISC's
international survey on 'orphan works' called 'In from the Cold Europa
2010'.

There are millions of so-called 'orphan works' - photographs,
recordings,
texts and other ephemera from the last 100 years - which risk becoming
invisible because rights holders are not known or easy to trace.

Now this topic is the focus of this survey commissioned by the JISC-led
Strategic Content Alliance in conjunction with the Association of
European
Research Libraries (LIBER), the European Bureau of Library, Information
and
Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and the Wellcome Trust.

The survey aims to establish how much time, effort and money is spent on
orphan works across Europe by people working in the public sector and to
find out the effect orphan works have on cultural heritage preservation
at
an international level.

Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, said:
"If we do not reform our European copyright rules on orphan works and libraries
swiftly, digitisation and the development of attractive content offers
will not take place in Europe, but on the other side of the Atlantic."

Organisations such as universities, archives, libraries, museums, health
services and public service broadcasters are invited to participate.
Although no particular technical knowledge is required, the survey does
Ask participants to fill in relatively detailed information about the
collections (digital and analogue) held or licensed by your
organisation.

In May 2009 over 500 organisations took part in the UK-only orphan works
online questionnaire which showed that rich primary resources are being
'warehoused' at public expense - with little or no prospect of them
Being delivered online to the public without additional costs and/or risks
Being imposed on the public purse.

Take part in the international survey at
<http://surveys.polldaddy.com/s/476EBBEAF7ED1854/> to help provide real
comparisons between European countries on the impact of orphan works.
The closing date is 26 February 2010 at 1800 GMT.

Find out more about the issues surrounding this topic by reading the 'In
>From The Cold: an assessment of the scope of orphan works' report at
<http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/files/2009/06/sca_colltrust_orphan_works_v1-
final.pdf>

This report shows how the UK is in real danger of losing 20th century
materials due to the current copyright laws, the levels of resources
needed to trace the rights for each orphan work and the potential lock down of
access to these important works. 

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