Research Handbook on Copyright Law
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Research Handbook on Copyright Law

Second Edition

Edited by Paul Torremans

This second edition is a timely presentation of the state-of-the-art in copyright research. Copyright law is currently at the centre of many debates and the subject of substantive new developments. The new edition of the Research Handbook captures these fast moving developments and goes far beyond a mere update of the chapters. All of the topical chapters are completely new and the authors have been chosen for their expertise and excellence in the areas concerned. Research Handbook on Copyright Law offers global coverage, both in terms of substance and in terms of author expertise, and maps both the present and future of the discipline. It will prove an invaluable research tool for all those involved in copyright research who wish to keep up with the pace at which this area of law is evolving.
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Chapter 15: Who owns the orphans? Property in digital cultural heritage assets

Uma Suthersanen


This chapter starts from a dilemma. The zeitgeist of this century and the foreseeable future is not only to celebrate humanity’s cultural heritage but to also preserve and maintain it for future generations, whilst ensuring its current accessibility to the public. This task is vested in libraries, museums, archives and other memory institutions – collectively known as cultural heritage institutions (CHIs). But ownership rights are not clear. The question who own the orphans arises, and with it the issue of property in digital cultural heritage assets. Keywords: orphan works, cultural heritage, property in digital cultural assets, preservation, digitisation

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