EU Parliament OKs Bill To Expand Access To Orphan Works

Law360, New York (September 14, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT) -- The European Parliament on Tuesday passed a law expanding access to copyrighted works for which there is no known author, making it easier for public institutions like museums and libraries to use so-called orphan works.

The law will allow libraries, museums, public broadcasters and other public institutions to make their collections, including orphan works, digitally available for public consumption, according to Parliament. The legislation was approved by a vote of 531-11, with 65 abstentions, and becomes law because both the Parliament and the European Council agreed...
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