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Public Consultation on Transposition of the Orphan Works Directive and the Use of Orphan Works under Irish Law

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation invites submissions to the public consultation on the transposition of the Orphan Works Directive (2012/28/EU) into Irish law.

Orphan Works are works such as books, newspaper or magazine articles, or films that are still protected by copyright but for which the copyright holders cannot be located. The Directive provides for an exception to copyright law for certain libraries, educational establishments, museums and other cultural and heritage organisations, allowing them to digitise certain orphan works and make them available online.

The consultation document is available for download (PDF, 218KB). The closing date for receipt of submissions is Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

Respondents are requested to make their submissions in writing, preferably by email to

Postal Replies should be sent to:

Orphan Works Consultation
Copyright Section
Intellectual Property Unit
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Kildare Street
Dublin 2

EU Public Consultation on the review of copyright rules

The European Commission recently conducted a consultation in order to gather input from all stakeholders on the review of the EU copyright rules. All stakeholders were welcome to contribute with contributions particularly sought from consumers, users, authors, performers, publishers, producers, broadcasters, intermediaries, distributors and other service providers, Collective Management Organisations, public authorities and Member States.

The consultation ran from 5 December 2013 until 5 March 2014 and is now closed.

Ireland’s submission to the EU Consultation is available for download (PDF, 174KB)

Copyright Mailing List

The Intellectual Property Unit operates a copyright mailing list in order to inform interested parties of copyright issues, stakeholder consultations and other copyright related events.

If you would like to be included on the mailing list, please email

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