EU Rules in Favour of Digitising Books Regardless of Copyright Holder's Stance

By Gary Cutlack on at

Libraries in the EU are now able to digitise their collections and make them available at reading stations if they want to, thanks to a European court decision that says they don't need to get the permission of the copyright holder to do so.

The Court of Justice of the European Union pushed through the decision, in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitised a manual without first acquiring a license to do so. Printing them out and sticking them on USB sticks to take away is still a no-no though, so the reading free-for-all only applies to those researching academic texts on library hardware. [CJEU [PDF] via PC World]

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