Harmonised web copyright solution needed for Europe’s Multilingual Digital Library – Public Consultation

Europeana, Europe’s multilingual digital library currently offers 4.6 million digitalised products – more than twice the number of the items available 9 months ago – and has an  ambitious target of 10 million digital products by 2010. 

However, this digitalisation process still faces complexes challenges and problems due to the lack of a harmonised web copyright legal framework, which impedes a great majority of books available in national libraries of Member States from being included in the Europeana digital library. A public consultation has been recently launched by the EC, and will run until 15 November 2009, to address the challenge of increasing the availability of digitalised books and products through the Internet for a growing number of citizens within the EU territory.

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Click here for the public consultation