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Digitisation of the European cultural heritage is the challenge of the 21st century.  Libraries, Archives, Museums, and other memory institutions have now the technological means to digitize their whole collections and make them available online. The potential for accessibility to cultural artefacts, with consequential benefits for research and study, is immense. However, in practice this type of undertaking is severely restricted due to the real or potential subsistence of copyright and related rights.

CIPPM is at the forefront of the research to develop solutions for the digitization of our cultural heritage. In 2013, the Centre Director, Professor Maurizio Borghi co-authored a monograph with Dr. Stavroula Karapapa titled Copyright and Mass Digitization’ published by Oxford University Press.  This book queries the normative and policy implications of this newly emerging framework of mass digitization in copyright law.

In July 2015 the EnDOW Project took off. This is a 3-year project co-funded by Heritage Plus and the European Commission, which sees the cooperation of several major European research centres (CREATe, University of Glasgow; IViR, University of Amsterdam; ASK, Bocconi University, Milan) under the leadership of CIPPM. The project aims at developing a pioneeristic platform for crowdsourcing Diligent Search with the goal of clearing the rights for the collections of cultural heritage institutions. More information is available on the dedicated page of this site, here.

Claudy Op Den Kamp - Lecturer in Film
Marcella Favale - Senior Research Fellow
Matej Gera - PhD Researcher
Maurizio Borghi - Professor Borghi is the Centre's Director
EnDOW - Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance (EnDOW) EnDOW is a 3-years collaborative project funded under Heritage Plus, a programme launched by agencies of 18 European countries and the European Commission as part of the Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change. The project is a partnership of […]
Copyright and the Regulation of Orphan Works - Copyright and the Regulation of Orphan Works, a report commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and co-authored by Dr. Marcella Favale, Dr. Fabian Homberg, Dr. Dinusha Mendis and Dr. Davide Secchi of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University and Professor Martin Krestchmer of CREATe, University of Glasgow was […]
Diligent search in the EU: Challenges and opportunities May 15, 2018 - EnDOW Final Conference. Alicante (Spain) 15 May 2018
New Approaches to the Orphan Works Problem June 23, 2017 - Symposium 2017
Matthew David – Sharing: Crime Against Capitalism May 17, 2017 - Research seminar - Wednesday 17 May, 16.00, room F111. Sharing: Crime Against Capitalism is Matthew David's forthcoming new book.
Claudy Op den Kamp “Opening PANDORA’S BOX: bridging the gap between film preservation and IP” November 9, 2016 - Wednesday 9 November 16.00 - Research seminar

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EnDOW Diligent Search platform launched July 21, 2017 - Diligent search of the copyright owners is the pre-requisite for any legitimate use of orphan works by cultural heritage institutions. Under the current legislation, diligent search is a complex and time consuming exercise, that discourages many European institutions from embarking in digitization of recent cultural heritage. The EnDOW project established in 2015 addresses the problem of […]
Event report: New Approaches to the Orphan Works Problem July 21, 2017 - Friday 23 June 2017 Crowdsourcing is one of the great innovations of the 21st century, but can it help address the issue of diligent search in the use of orphan works? … Read the full report by Hayleigh Bosher on the IPKat (with contributions from PhD researchers Emile Douilhet, Dukki Hong and Matej Gera) >> Programme
The Paper Print Collection: How Copyright Formalities and Historical Accidents Led to Film History March 13, 2017 - Article of Claudy Op den Kamp published in the University of Western Australia Law Review
With Enough Eyeballs All Searches Are Diligent January 1, 2017 - Article by Maurizio Borghi, Marcella Favale and Kris Erickson on the Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property (vol. 16, issue 1, 2016).
Meeting at EUIPO with National Authorities for Orphan Works December 8, 2016 - The preliminary results of the EnDOW survey on the diligent search requirement across 20 EU member states have been presented and discussed in a Meeting organized by the European Intellectual Property Office with the Competent National Authorities for the Orphan Works Directive and the Orphan Works Database. The meeting took place on 7 December 2016 in the […]

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