What changes does the revised PSI Directive bring?
The revised PSI Directive:
introduces a genuine right to reuse by making reusable all content that can be accessed under national access to documents laws;
lowers the upper ceiling for charges on reuse applicable in standard cases to marginal costs, i.e. the costs incurred by the individual request for reuse (reproduction, provision and dissemination costs); exceptions are allowed in a limited set of cases;
expands the scope of application of the Directive to certain cultural institutions such as libraries (including university libraries), museums and archives, but making them subject to a number of different rules that reflect that set of rules of the 2003 Directive, namely:
There is no genuine right to reuse; only such documents the reuse of which has previously been allowed are reusable;
Cultural institutions can charge reusers based on the principle of full costs recovery, including a reasonable return on investment;
Cultural institutions may engage in the award of exclusive exploitation rights if necessary to ensure digitisation projects,
reinforces the obligation to be transparent on conditions and on charges applied to reuse;
invites Member State to make more documents available in machine-readable and open formats.