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The Green Light
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: Western Europe; Communications & information management; Litigation
Author: Charlton, John
Date: Nov 2014
Start Page: 24
Pages: 1
Section: INTERNATIONAL REPORT
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Libraries in the European Union (EU) appear to have been given a dim green light to digitize books in their collections and make them available to readers on dedicated terminals. This follows a recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in a dispute between Technische Universitat Darmstadt and publisher Eugen Ulmer KG, which specializes in agricultural and horticultural books. The ECJ ruled that EU member states' governments may allow libraries to digitize books in their collections without the rightsholders' consent and make them available at dedicated terminals within their premises. Meanwhile, the UK government's Spoliation Advisory Panel is awaiting an investigation by the British Library into one of its collections to see if any items were acquired dubiously from Germany during the Nazi period.

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