EU Directive on Orphan Works

Directive 2012/28/EU

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.

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About Dimitrios Tsolis

Lecturer, Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies Department University of Western Greece
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