Facilitating Access to Orphan and Out of Commerce Works to Make Europe's Cultural Resources Available to the Broader Public

44 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2014

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Marie-Christine Janssens

Leuven University (KU Leuven); KU Leuven - Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

Ran Tryggvadottir

KU Leuven - Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR)

Date Written: September 2014

Abstract

This paper takes a closer look at two different approaches to solve problems that digital libraries face when seeking to make their massive content accessible online: the hard law approach in respect of orphan works and the soft law approach in respect of out-of-commerce works. The paper is structured accordingly in two main parts. However, because these frameworks alone are not able to deal with all problems that libraries and other cultural heritage institutions face when seeking to offer access to their collections online the paper, in a third part, addresses one more possible solution that is often advanced in the debate, namely the adoption of a system of extended collective licensing (ECL).

Keywords: copyright; digital libraries; orphan works; extended collective licensing

Suggested Citation

Janssens, Marie-Christine and Tryggvadottir, Ran, Facilitating Access to Orphan and Out of Commerce Works to Make Europe's Cultural Resources Available to the Broader Public (September 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2538097 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2538097

Marie-Christine Janssens (Contact Author)

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Ran Tryggvadottir

KU Leuven - Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR) ( email )

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