Information Sans Frontières


We advocate on a European level about copyright and IPR issues affecting research, teaching and learning.

ISF position statement on the current development of the Orphan Works directive

We are deeply disappointed in the outcome of the vote in the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on 1 March. Support for ‘commercial use’ was suddenly withdrawn, and the other amendments agreed in Committee are haphazard. After the vote, the Parliament’s text leaves the question of orphan works essentially unsettled. It will do little to facilitate the digitisation of large numbers of orphans, particularly in view of its inclusion in scope of all embedded works: the large-scale digitisation mentioned in its first recital will remain an unachievable ambition.

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Download the ISF Orphan Works Position Statement
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