Who Owns the Orphans? Traditional and Digital Property in Visual Art

Perspectives Lecture Series University of Leicester - 25 October 2010

Professor Uma Suthersanen gave a lecture on Orphan Works on 25 October 2010 at the University of Leicester ("Perspectives Lecture Series" for MA students in Museum Students, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester). You can find her presentation in our Gallery section.

Beyond Copyright event - 8 April 2011

8 April 2011 -  “Who owns the orphans? Preliminary findings and recommendations”,

Presentation by Professor Uma Suthersanen at the “Beyond Copyright” event organised by ‘Beyond Text’ and held at the Intellectual Property Institute.

BLACA - IPI Seminar, 14 October 2010

Professor Uma Suthersanen will be speaking on the issue of orphan works at the BLACA – IPI Seminar entitled ‘European Copyright Reform’ (London, 14 October 2010, 4 p.m.).

For further information and registration, please visit the BLACA website or email Maria Mercedes Frabboni (

You can now find her presentation in the 'Gallery' section of the website.

London - Who owns the orphans

London, 17 March 2011 (Senate House)

This event will include the presentation of an executive summary and an exhibition of photographs taken during the field work carried out in New Zealand.


WIPO - IGC - Who owns the orphans 12 May 2011

'Who owns the orphans? Traditional and digital property in visual art' (WIPO Building - Room B: 13.00 - 15.00)

The event comprised three presentations on the legal, economic and social implications of orphan works and their exploitation, with particular reference to the art sector.

This was a Side Event to the 18th Session of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, in which delegates and accredited observers took part.

To download the flyer, please click here.

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