EU Plans To Open Public Access To Orphan Works

Law360, New York (June 7, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT) -- Two branches of Europe's government said Wednesday that they would push through legislation to allow public access to copyrighted works with no known author, adopting part of a recommendation outlined by the European Commission.

The European Parliament said in a statement that it had reached an informal deal with the European Council to put in place an orphan works directive, meant to regulate copyrighted works that have unidentified rights holders. Under the directive, the European Union would allow libraries, museums, public broadcasters and other public institutions...
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