| Commentary

108 Introduction

| Commentary

14: ORPHAN WORKS

108 Introduction

In the UK alone, there are huge numbers of works of many different descriptions in the collections held by public sector bodies which are likely to be protected by copyright, but the rights holders of which are unknown or cannot be traced. A study published in 2009 estimated the figure at 25 million so-called ‘orphan works’, but indicated that the figure is likely to be much higher1. Public sector bodies in particular recognise the value and importance of copyright and the need for respect for it. This, however, leads to tension between on the one hand

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