Decision processes

Please find the decision processes for determining the orphan work status of written works, audiovisual works and phonograms below. Click on ‘PDF’ to download a decision process. On the right column you can access the lists of sources you may have to consult to carry out a diligent search in each state.


Country Written works AV Works Phonograms Source list
AustriaPDFPDFPDFList
BelgiumPDFPDFPDFList
CyprusPDFPDFPDFList
Czech RepublicPDFPDFPDFList
EstoniaPDFPDFPDFList
FrancePDFPDFPDFList
GermanyPDFPDFPDFList
GreecePDFPDFPDFList
IrelandPDFPDFPDFList
ItalyPDFPDFPDFList
LithuaniaPDFPDFPDFList
LuxembourgPDFPDFPDFList
the NetherlandsPDFPDFPDFList
PolandPDFPDFPDFList
PortugalPDFPDFPDFList
RomaniaPDFPDFPDFList
SlovakiaPDFPDFPDFList
SpainPDFPDFPDFList
SwedenPDFPDFPDFList
UKPDFPDFPDFList

The above downloadable decision processes, intended to determine whether a certain work or other subject matter vested with copyright or neighbouring rights is an orphan work in light of the EU Orphan Works Directive (Directive 2012/28/EU) are part of the Heritage Plus project EnDOW (Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance).

They are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

You are free to:

  • share – to copy, distribute and transmit this work
  • remix – to adapt this work

To use the work please attribute the work like this:
;Orphan Works Decision process; created by EnDOW (diligentsearch.eu) licensed under a CC BY 4.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).