Copyright: Commission brokers agreement to increase the number of out-of-commerce books being made available again

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Commissioner Barnier presided today over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in which libraries, publishers, authors, and their collecting societies have agreed to give European libraries and similar institutions the possibility to digitise and make available on line out-of-commerce books and learned journals.

This non-legislative initiative is complementary to the Commission’s recently adopted legislative proposal on orphan works. Both initiatives are important to further the development of European digital libraries and to preserve and disseminate European cultural heritage.

 

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