Keeping the cost of copyright clearance down – orphan works survey

The JISC-managed Strategic Content Alliance the museum, archive and library sector Collections Trust have issued a survey on Orphan Works –

The idea of the survey is to get a sense of the scale of orphans works in the cultural heritage community, which will then act as evidence for more sensible legal framework for rights clearance when clearing works for digitisation.

More detail on the survey is pasted below

The Collections Trust and The Strategic Content Alliance are carrying out research to examine the impact of ‘orphan works’ (works for which the copyright owner is unknown or cannot be traced) on the delivery of services to library, archive, museum and information service users in the UK and other European countries. Background information on the research and its sponsors is provided below.

As part of this research project, we would be very grateful if you could fill out a short online questionnaire. It will take just a few minutes to complete.

As a thank you for taking part you will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 (or the equivalent in Euros), and we will also send you a synopsis of the findings once the research is complete.

The survey is at

The closing date for completion of the Survey is Friday 16 January 2009.

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