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Friday, 17th July 2015

Creative Industries Copyright Licensing: Opportunities and Risks

Source: Creative Barcode (UK)

From Press Release:

Creative work worth over £500 billion is at risk.

The absence of embedded identifiers in creative work placed on the internet will significantly increase the risk of becoming an ‘Orphan Work’.

Visual imagery is the largest segment of creative works at risk including illustrations, designs, photography, animations, cartoons and so forth.

Changes to EU copyright law is pertinent to the owners of creative assets due to recent changes that now only require an individual or organisation to undertake reasonable due-diligence to identify the owner and request permission to use. If their search does not lead to the owner they would be at liberty to use the work without obtaining permission. The owner would find it difficult to pursue copyright breach and retrospectively claim payment....

Governments are beginning to introduce legislative frameworks for the digitisation and use of orphan works on a large scale basis which is leading to significant change in copyright law.

The introduction of exceptions to copyright is just the beginning such as, the recent EU exceptions for private copying, pastiche and parody. Further changes are likely to enable cultural and heritage organisations such as museums and libraries to digitise collections and commercialise orphan works, without requiring the permission of the absent rights-holder....

But cultural and heritage organisations do not pose a significant threat to Creators, the big threat is the social media platforms and search engines.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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