Cross-Border Extended Collective Licensing: A Solution to Online Dissemination of Europe’s Cultural Heritage

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2012-22

Institute for Information Law Research Paper No. 2012-19

93 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2012 Last revised: 13 Jun 2012

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Johan Axhamn

Stockholm University - Faculty of Law

Lucie Guibault

Schulich School of Law

Date Written: February 8, 2012

Abstract

The ever increasing use of the Internet and of digitisation technologies have opened up new possibilities for distributing and accessing creative content online, including for cultural heritage institutions. However, the digitisation and dissemination of a substantial proportion of the collections held by European cultural institutions may be considerably hindered due to high transaction costs related to clearance of copyright and related rights. This holds equally true for the cultural institutions taking part in the Europeana project. This study examines whether the Nordic “extended collective licensing” (ECL) model could provide a viable solution to the problems of digitisation and dissemination of copyright protected works held by cultural heritage institutions, with a brief incursion into the issue of the cross-border dissemination of works.

Suggested Citation

Axhamn, Johan and Guibault, L., Cross-Border Extended Collective Licensing: A Solution to Online Dissemination of Europe’s Cultural Heritage (February 8, 2012). Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2012-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2001347

Johan Axhamn

Stockholm University - Faculty of Law ( email )

S-106 91 Stockholm
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L. Guibault (Contact Author)

Schulich School of Law ( email )

6061 University Avenue
6061 University Ave
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

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