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If Europe’s archives are a goldmine, then who’s holding the spade?
This latest IRIS plus report looks at the current European legislation aimed at unlocking our public sector archives. Film institutes, museums and libraries now fall under the scope of the Public Service Information Directive since its review in 2011.
But what does this mean in terms of the re-use of their archival treasures? What are the copyright challenges? What are the economic consequences for the archives themselves? And how does the law currently deal with orphaned works?
A brand new study of current European legislation which aims at opening the doors to Europe’s treasure chest of public archives.
Public Sector information and Audiovisual Archives
The Lead Article of this new report analyses the PSI (Public Service Information) Directive first created in 2003. This is the principal legal instrument in Europe to regulate the re-use of public service information stored in our archives. We look at the background to the creation of this legal instrument before moving on to its revisions in 2008 and 2011. This article examines the intentions behind the creation of this Directive before analysing the consequences of its 2011 revision for the museums, film institutes and libraries it now covers.
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