When thousands of rare books were stolen from the Girolamini Library in Naples, Italy, in 2012, it exemplified the scale that rare book thefts can reach. Later this year, the European Union (EU) copyright reform bandwagon should roll a little further as the EU seeks to create a unified regime across the 28-member-state body. Meanwhile, the National Library of Israel (NLI) should now be working its way through the archive of Franz Kafka's papers and correspondence compiled and held by his friend Max Brod, which fell into the hands of the Hoffe family after Brod's death in 1968. A recent ruling by the Tel Aviv District Court ordered Eva Hoffe to hand over the archive to the NLI.
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