Join the Community – Help Unlock Orphan Films

The EnDOW Community today can help Film Archives to clear the rights for their “orphan” films (by carrying out a diligent search of the right holders of these films). With your help, the British Film Institute and other film archives will be able to unlock their collections, to be seen by the World.



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The EnDOW Project has created the Diligent Search Tool, a platform that enables users with no specialized legal knowledge to carry out diligent searches on behalf of cultural heritage institutions. The tool is  available for searches in 20 jurisdiction in the European Union, including the United Kingdom.

Go to the Diligent Search Tool

For more information on EnDOW and EnDOW Community, please contact

Prof. Maurizio Borghi
Dr. Marcella Favale
Dr. Claudy Op Den Kamp


Lastly released

Study on Best practices of Cultural Heritage Institutions when dealing with orphan works (press release and full Report available)

Diligent Search poster: All our decision processes available.

Diligent Search Manual: a practical guide for beginners, to read before using the Tool.

Sources for diligent search in 20 countries: complete list of appropriate sources to carry out a diligent search in 20 EU countries.

Study on Directive 2012/28/EU’s requirements for diligent search in 20 European countries (press release and full Report available).

Diligent Search in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunityfinal conference of the EnDOW project at the EU Intellectual Property Office in Alicante, Spain, 15 May 2018.

Check here for more information on the EnDOW project.