of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on certain permitted uses of orphan works
Directive 2012/28/EU sets out common rules on the digitisation and online display of so-called orphan works. Orphan works are works like books, newspaper and magazine articles and films that are still protected by copyright but whose authors or other rightholders are not known or cannot be located or contacted to obtain copyright permissions. Orphan works are part of the collections held by European libraries that might remain untouched without common rules to make their digitisation and online display legally possible.
Public consultations and hearings
Public Hearing on Orphan Works (26.10.2009)
The aim of this hearing was to gather further evidence on orphan works and how their digitisation and dissemination can best be managed in full respect of copyright rules. This hearing was a follow-up to the Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy (COM(2008) 466/3).
- Final agenda
- Speeches and presentations:
- Panel 1:
- Panel 2:
- Panel 3:
On September 7, 2009, the European Commission organised a hearing on the effect of the Google Book US Settlement Agreement in the European Union.