International Approaches to the Orphan Works Problem

23 Pages Posted: 29 May 2007

Date Written: May 27, 2007


Regardless of the immediacy of the threat to intellectual progress created by orphan works, several countries have had systems in place for a number of years in order to combat the problem of stagnant works, such as those that have been orphaned. For many more countries, a solution has not yet been implemented, and the orphan works problem is the subject of myriad studies. This paper will look at the systems that are in place, as well as the inquiries into the problem in the United States and in Europe. What seems at first like a minor by-product of modern copyright law in reality threatens the need to rethink our copyright regimes in order to better serve the real functions of the property right.

Keywords: orphan works, intellectual property, copyright

Suggested Citation

Bezos, Salvador M., International Approaches to the Orphan Works Problem (May 27, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Salvador M. Bezos (Contact Author)

George Mason University ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

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