Eight Years On, Evaluating the EU Orphan Works Directive 

The Orphan Works Directive was adopted in October 2012 and sought to facilitate the mass digitisation projects going on across Europe by removing some copyright barriers. It created an exception to copyright, so that the digitisation and dissemination of orphan works could be done without necessarily seeking permission from every rights holder.

Source: Evaluating the Orphan Works Directive | Europeana Pro

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