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Collecti­ve Licen­sing & Works­hop on Copy­right Solu­tions

This event takes place on May 2nd in London, UK. Organized by EODOPEN, funded in part by the European Commission, it is hosted jointly by University College London (UCL) and EODOPEN lead for copyright issues the National Library of Sweden.


Date: May 2nd, 2024
Times: Seminar 13:00–14:00. Workshop 14:15–17:00.
Venue: University College London, UK (room designation TBD)
In-person only

For more information, and registration: Contact Kate Parson,
Please indicate if you wish to participate in the seminar, the workshop, or both sessions. Please indicate full name, title, employer, and if you are require assistance in the venue. Space is limited so please await confirmation of your registration before planning to attend.

Seminar Session: "Collective Licensing as means of rights clearance for access to material in libraries"

In this seminar we bring together stakeholders to discuss how rights clearance can be done to enable access to library materials. We will elaborate on how access can be enabled through collective licensing in comparison to direct / individual licensing and the benefits of a collective license.

Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Laws at University College London (UCL) Länk till annan webbplats.


James Bennett, expert on collective licensing (Head of Rightsholder Relations, Copyright Licensing Agency “CLA”, UK Länk till annan webbplats.)
Chris Morrison, copyright and licensing specialist (Bodleian Libraries University of Oxford, co-founder Copyright Literacy Länk till annan webbplats.)

Workshop Session: "Copyright solutions: sustainable digital access to library stacks abroad”

This session aims to articulate a possible model for a proof-of-concept collaboration for providing access to library books across borders while fully respecting current copyright legislation. How could a cross-border collaboration be set up between a library in one country, and a university in another? Results from a user study, specifically researchers and students, will articulate needs for remote digital access to library materials abroad as well as possible impacts on research results and quality. Who are the stakeholders, what resources would be required, and which issues require more understanding for balance? This workshop gives an opportunity to share ideas and gather input to define next steps.

The workshop will be facilitated by EODOPEN Workpackage Leader Kate Parson with support of Senior Legal Advisor Jerker Rydén (both from the National Library of Sweden), together with the workshop advisory consisting of members from university library and academic faculty from Sorbonne Université in Paris and University College London UCL. We welcome broad participation from the university research community, of cultural heritage professionals and legal experts, publishers and representatives of creative rights holders, and policy-makers from departments of culture and higher education.

Background on EODOPEN

Libraries all over the world face the challenge of managing large amounts of 20th- and 21st-century textual materials that have not yet been digitised and made available to the public, in particular for research purposes, because of copyright. These inaccessible works – often out-of-print, lacking reprints or facsimiles – slumber deep in library stacks, their content seemingly out of reach to students, researchers, the creative industries and the general public.

The EODOPEN project focuses on identifying practical solutions by offering EOD (“Ebooks On Demand”) services that make these types of books accessible. Reinforcing the skills of library staff allows them to provide digital access to works in the collections while fully respecting the current copyright regime. This has to be done by implementing a secure digital infrastructure that guarantees protection against illegal exploitation and involves the rightsholders in close cooperation with librarians. Where libraries lack experience in rights clearance, EODOPEN aims to bring cultural heritage professionals up to date in the changing digital landscape by providing a forum for the development of best practices, which also address the complex question of digital access across borders.