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How does Orphan Works affect creatives today?

If you have read the Knowledge Base article here, then you will know that the principle behind the Orphan Works is that of opening up creative pieces where the creator is not contactable or has…


What is Orphan Works?

An orphan work is a copyright protected work for which rights-holders are positively indeterminate or uncontactable.


What is Chilling Effects?

Chilling Effects is simply a variant name of the Lumen Database. This is where some DMCA takedowns are registered in order to make publicly accessible.


What is Lumen?

The Lumen database collects and analyzes legal complaints and requests for removal of online materials, helping Internet users to know their rights and understand the law. These data enable us to study the prevalence of…


What is a derivative?

Based on how Wikipedia describes derivative: “In copyright law, a derivative work is an expressive creation that includes major copyright-protected elements of an original, previously created first work (the underlying work). The derivative work becomes a second, separate work…


What is DMCA: Digital Millennium Copyright Act?

DMCA is an acronym for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It was instigated and passed in America in 1998, although started it’s life in 1996, under the Clinton administration. The act was set up to…


What is Copyright?

What is copyright? Copyright is an inherent law for all creatives who develop and produce a piece of creative works. Whether that be an art piece, sculpture, piece of music, play, novel, poem, dance, etc….