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Taking Care Of Orphan Works – EFG Open Conference on Rights Clearance in European Film Archives

Press release by the European Film Gateway

Date: 30 – 31 May 2011
Venue: EYE Film Institute Netherlands , Vondelpark 3, 1071 AA Amsterdam

Developing best practices for rights clearance and the IPR management of cinematographic works has been one of the aims and challenges of the European Film Gateway project which is about to end this August. Although the EFG partner archives will be provided with the necessary tools to clear rights for the film-related material they want to publish online, one major question remains unsolved: how to facilitate access to and provide for the legal use of orphan works on Europeana and other cultural heritage portals?

To continue the discussion between film archives, Europeana and rights holder organisations, EFG is organising the open conference “Taking Care Of Orphan Works – Rights Clearance in European Film Archives” in Amsterdam on 30 and 31 May 2011. The conference will address the following key questions and issues:

  • How is the orphan works issue dealt within Europeana and the Europeana group of projects?
  • Which models do they consider appropriate to clear rights and facilitate online access to orphan works: legal solutions, contractual agreements, extended collective licensing, risk management?
  • Which models are applicable for the film heritage sector and which are not?
  • Examples of best practices for rights clearing and IPR management within European film archives?

The keynote speech will be given by Elisabeth Niggemann, Member of the Comité des Sages on Digitisation and Director General of the German National Library. The conference is jointly organised by the EFG partners EYE Film Institute Netherlands, leader of the EFG Work Package “IPR Management and Administration” and the Association of European Film Archives ACE, initiator of EFG and one of the leading protagonists in the
orphan works debate.

Attendance to the conference is free of charge, however, the amount of seats is limited. For further information and to register, please click see