May 23, 2017 News

The Orphan works survey – deadline extended to 6 June

The deadline to provide replies to the Orphan works survey has been extended to 6 June 2017.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), through its Observatory, is carrying-out the survey on the Orphan works.

The EUIPO has been entrusted with the task of setting up and managing the single European Orphan works database according to the requirements of the Directive 2012/28/EU.

This online survey is conducted with the aim of gathering information in relation to the use of the Orphan works database, as well as identifying what measures could be taken to ensure that the benefits of the orphan works system are fully realised.

The online survey consists of different sets of questions for three types of stakeholders:

  • Beneficiary organisations of the Orphan works database, i.e. publicly accessible libraries, educational establishments, museums, archives, film or audio heritage institutions, public service broadcasting organisations
  • Competent national authorities for the Orphan works database or (and) the Directive 2012/28/EU
  • Other stakeholders, i.e. any other organisations having an interest in the orphan works system.

In the beginning of the survey you will be asked to select which type of organisation you are representing. In case you are representing several types of stakeholders, e.g. the beneficiary organisation and the competent national authority, you may provide answers to the survey twice.

If you would like to consult all questions before starting to fill-in the survey online, the questionnaire is available here.

The survey contains multiple-choice and open questions. The information collected in this survey will be summarised in the report which may be published. Information on the respondent will remain confidential.

The survey is available in English and can be accessed here. (We recommend using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers for the best possible experience)

The survey will run until 6 June 2017. You can provide replies in any of the official EU languages.

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