EFJ signs EU Key Principles for Digitising Out-of-print Books

(20.09.2011) The EFJ represented by the Vice-President, Philippe Leruth signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with key stakeholders to enable mass digitisation of out-out-print books whilst upholding authors' rights. Leruth took the opportunity to present the EFJ handbook on authors' rights to EU Commissioner Michel Barnier, who witnessed the signing of the MoU. 

The MoU signed by authors, publishers, libraries and collective management societies offers a practical solution that allows the negotiation of a voluntary collective agreement to licence the out-of-print work between the users and authors or rightholders. Most importantly, it recognises the role of authors and their rights to object to any unauthorised uses or manipulation of their works. 

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