Berkman Center Roundup of Orphan Books Efforts Worldwide

By [Thursday, February 17th, 2011] at 5:05 pm

From Harvard’s Berkman Center, What models already exist in other national initiatives with regard to copyrighted and orphan works, a list of digitization efforts underway in various countries. We learn, for example, that in the Netherlands:

KB signed archiving agreements with Dutch publishers for national digital publications and with major international scientific publishers for permanent storage of e-journals. KB obtained permissions from the rights holder organizations and the publishers for the newspaper digitization program (the KB provides the publishers with a digital copy and the publishers provide the KB with the right to publish the newspaper article on the Web). There are no approved plans to digitize in-copyright books or undisclosed orphan works; however, KB is interested in tools that assess whether items are in copyright (fall into the 70-year mark after an author’s death) or not. (Hans Jansen, KB Deputy Director General, Phone Interview (Sept. 17, 2010))

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