BBC Reports Copyright Orphan Work Report Due on May 16

The fate of an estimated 25 million English language orphan works hangs in the balance as Great Britian awaits the report of Professor Ian Hargraeves.

BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz writes that much of the support for a not-for-profit licensing system comes from the copyright enforcing publishing world itself, which now realizes the profit potential of digitaliation of archives.

We hope that the holders of these archive materials take action, licensing statutes in place or otherwise, before the certain and ongoing deterioration of physical works causes irreperable harm to our cultural history.