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14,00 14,15 h. harald von hielmcrone

  1. 1. Copyright and Financial Models to bring Europe’s Cultural Heritage online? Large scale digitization and collective licensing schemes for libraries Harald von Hielmcrone
  2. 2. <ul><li>The Google Book search project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>starting signal for the i2010 Digital Library Initiative and EUROPEANA in 2005 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The goal Is to make the European Cultural Heritage available in digital form via the EUROPEANA portal </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>This requires large investments and the clearing of rights regarding copyright protected works </li></ul><ul><li>Today we will focus both on the copyright and the financial issues </li></ul>
  4. 4. Copyright <ul><li>The i2010 Digital Library Initiative should be realized within the existing European copyright legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Since then the Commission and copyright experts in the Member States have worked on finding a solution </li></ul><ul><li>It is now obvious that these projects are not possible with the existing copyright legislation </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>If EUROPEANA shall be able to give access to works for which the term of protection has not yet expired this requires either </li></ul><ul><ul><li>an exception allowing the digitisation and making available to the public of the works, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a license agreement with the authors and other rights holders, or collecting societies, representing these rights holders </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>European copyright legislation permits libraries to digitise works for specific purposes </li></ul><ul><li>But they are not allowed to make the digital copies available to the public from places outside the library without permission from the right holders </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, collective license agreements are needed </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>In the majority of EU Member States, collecting societies can only enter licence agreements on behalf of their members </li></ul><ul><li>How is it possible to clear the rights of works of authors and other rights holders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>who are not members of a colleting society and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cannot be identified or located? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>That is the Orphan Works problem </li></ul>
  8. 8. Extended collective licensing <ul><li>In the Nordic countries a collecting society may </li></ul><ul><ul><li>have a legal mandate to engage in collective license agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>which may also be binding for rights owners who are not members of the organization </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>If the rights are cleared on the basis of an extended collective licensing agreement, the licence agreement covers all works of the type of works specified in the agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Whether some of these may be orphan, is not relevant </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Whether the rights owners are identifiable and locatable first becomes an issue when the collecting society shall redistribute revenue to the rights holders </li></ul><ul><li>Under extended collective licensing, the orphan works problem boils down to an issue of redistribution of revenue by collecting societies </li></ul>
  11. 11. Orphan Works Exception <ul><li>Another solution may be an Orphan Works Exception allowing libraries to digitize and make available to the public works which have been deemed to be “orphan” </li></ul><ul><li>This solution requires that the following steps are undertaken: </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>The institution must identify those works which may be orphan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This would require that searches are conducted in order to satisfy the criteria for the work to be classified as orphan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If the criteria are met, the work may be used as permitted by the law </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>The in-copyright works which are not orphan must be divided into two groups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Those works whose authors are members of the collecting society may be cleared by collective licensing agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Those works whose authors are not members of the collecting society must be cleared by individual agreements with the individual rights owner </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The transaction costs involved in </li></ul><ul><ul><li>identifying the orphan works and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>clearing the rights of the rest, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>will be prohibitive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>except for well defined collections, which may be defined en bloc as being orphan </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>It has been a mistake to define the problems of clearing rights in large scale digitisation projects as primarily being an Orphan Works issue </li></ul><ul><li>The focus on orphan works has misdirected the search for solutions by obscuring a much larger problem: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The huge number of rights holders whose consent must be obtained </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The real issue is how to clear the rights for large numbers of works of a certain category </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Stakeholder Dialogue <ul><li>Digitisation projects usually concern large scale digitisation of works which are no longer commercially available </li></ul><ul><li>The Stakeholder Dialogue starts with this fact </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>If it is possible to make collective licensing agreements for Out of Commerce Works, the Orphan Works Problem may disappear </li></ul><ul><ul><li>because Orphan Works are a subgroup of Out of Commerce Works </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>The dialogue centres around three main issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The definition of Out of Commerce Works </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The extension of the agreement to cover also those authors or right holders who are not members of the Collecting Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The cross border access to digital libraries within the European Union </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>The main idea is to provide a framework but leave it to the contracting parties to negotiate the agreement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is always easier to find concrete solutions to specific problems than to try to solve them in terms of general rules and principles </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Basic to these agreements are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the possibility for rights holders to opt out if they so wish, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>that rights holders are entitled to remuneration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>These two principles were not contested by any of the parties in the dialogue </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Basic agreement on the text regarding the </li></ul><ul><ul><li>definition of Out of Commerce Works, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the extension of the agreement to cover also those authors or right holders who are not members of the Collecting Society </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>The main problem is whether </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the extension of the agreements and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the cross border access to digital libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>presupposes community legislation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>followed up by legislation in Member States </li></ul></ul><ul><li>and whether such legislation is forthcoming </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Legislation allowing for the extension of agreements to non-represented rights holders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>is in place in the Nordic countries and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is being prepared in Germany and France </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But these solutions are only valid within the territory of the Member State </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>In many Member States the idea of extending license agreements to non-represented rights holders is a very controversial idea </li></ul><ul><ul><li>which may meet strong protests from rights holders </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Agreements allowing cross border access to digital libraries within the European Union probably requires community legislation </li></ul><ul><li>This is difficult because copyright is in essence based on territoriality </li></ul><ul><li>The Commission has not yet been able to come up with a solution </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>It will probably take some years before the necessary legislation is in place </li></ul><ul><li>This does not imply that libraries and rights holder’s organisations should not start negotiations for licence agreements, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>but depending on the national legal situation, these agreements may be of limited scope if the subject matter is still protected by copyright </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>We will now hear presentation of three different digitisation projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Scandinavian model: The Bookshelf (Bokhyllano) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Austrian Books Online The Austrian National Library’s Public Private Partnership with Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  The Spanish BNE project with Telefónica </li></ul></ul><ul><li>After these presentations there will be a panel discussion with the audience </li></ul>

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