[A2k] The European Orphan Works Directive - an EIFL Guide

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Wed Jun 19 04:32:41 PDT 2013

In October 2012, Directive 2012/28/EU on certain permitted uses of
orphan works (known as the orphan works Directive) was adopted by
Member States of the European Union (EU). The Directive sets out
common rules for the digitization and online display of orphan works.
Unfortunately hopes that the Directive would enable large-scale
digitization of orphan works by libraries, and enable the works to be
made available online for educational and cultural purposes, were not

This Guide sets out the background and key provisions of the
Directive. It makes recommendations for libraries for implementation
in EIFL partner countries that are members of the EU, and advises
libraries in EIFL partner countries with EU bilateral agreements on
crafting solutions that best meet their local circumstances and

Download or browse the Guide. We hope it is a useful resource,

Check out other EIFL resources here, http://www.eifl.net/eifl-ip-resources

Best wishes

Teresa Hackett
EIFL-IP Programme Manager

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