Part of the work done in the High Level Group on Digital Libraries focused on the issues of out-of-print works. In 2008, two model licenses were drafted, and the Copyright Subgroup issued recommendations on rights clearing centres and databases.
The questionnaire of the Reflection Group on digitisation of August 2010 also covered the issue of out-of-commerce works; the European Commission started showing an interest in the subject as a further step after tackling the issue of orphan works.
Commissioner Barnier announced in June that he intended to start a round-table on the out-of-commerce issue. The initiative started in November 2010, was facilitated by the Copyright Unit of DG Internal Market and gathers national and European stakeholders from both the library and rightholders communities. Seven roundtables were ensued and on 20 September 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding on “Key Principles in the Digitisation and Making Available of Out-of-Commerce Works” was signed by all parties in the presence of Commissioner Barnier.
In March 2012, an Implementation Task Force was set up to encourage projects to take place along an action plan.
MoU Resource Pool
FEP Resources Persons
• Anne Bergman-Tahon : abergman[a]fep-fee.eu
• Liv Vaisberg : lvaisberg[a]fep-fee.eu
Conference of European National Libraries (CENL);
European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Association (EBLIDA);
Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche (Association of European Research Libraries, LIBER))
European Writers Council (EWC);
European Visual Artists (EVA);
European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
• Other publishers
European Publishers Council (EPC);
International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical publishers (STM)
International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)
• ARROW Website
• EUROPEANA Website