Special Collections staff welcome a recent JISC report on orphan works. These are resources which are still in copyright but the holder of the rights is unknown or cannot be traced. There are over 50 million photographs, documents, recordings etc in this situation in the UK. Special Collections at Bradford alone must have thousands.
The report calls for action to unlock materials which have low commercial value but high educational or cultural value. As holders of many such collections, particularly the Commonweal Archives, we would welcome anything that made it easier to make them available to those who would benefit!