Orphan Works: A Statement of Best Practices

Historical Date: 
“Orphan works” is a term used to describe the situation in which the owner of a copyrighted work cannot be identified and located by someone who wishes to make use of the work in a manner that requires permission of the copyright owner. This statement describes what professional archivists consider to be best practices regarding reasonable efforts to identify and locate rights holders.
Timeline Placement Date: 
January 12, 2009