Should the EC Legislate Clearances for Digital Book Rights?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

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By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead story looks at a new report from the European Commission about the status of orphan works — books, films, et al. — and what must be done to streamline rights clearances. The EC is famous for issuing rules and regulations for all manner of minutiae (the noise limit of lawnmowers, for example). Should it have a role in creating blanket legislation for rights clearances of orphan works? Or should this be left to member states, many of which are dealing with much smaller archives in their native languages (Malta and Maltese, anyone?) and might be able to more efficiently handle the process?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.