The (Abandoned) Orphan Works Provision of the Digital Economy Bill

9 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2010

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Dennis W. K. Khong

Multimedia University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2010


This article recounts the failed attempt to include and pass a provision on licensing orphan works in the Digital Economy Act 2010 by the British Parliament. It starts by identifying the causes of orphan works and the history behind the orphan works provision of the Digital Economy Bill. It then examines in detail the proposed provision and the regulatory structure thereof, and offers some reasons why the provision failed to be passed. Notwithstanding this failure, this episode offers some insights into what minefields future legislature have to avoid in order to successfully solve the orphan works problem.

Keywords: Copyright, Orphan works, Digital Economy Bill

Suggested Citation

Khong, Dennis Wye Keen, The (Abandoned) Orphan Works Provision of the Digital Economy Bill (August 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Dennis Wye Keen Khong (Contact Author)

Multimedia University - Faculty of Law ( email )

Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama
Bukit Beruang
Melaka, 75450


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