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Libraries and publishers work towards a model contract on electronic copying

On 10 July 1995, publishers met with library and information professionals from countries within the European Union to discuss the first steps towards establishing a model contract on electronic copying.

The meeting was organized by the European Bureau of Library, Information...
On 10 July 1995, publishers met with library and information professionals from countries within the European Union to discuss the first steps towards establishing a model contract on electronic copying.

The meeting was organized by the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) as part of the European Copyright User Platform (ECUP) funded under the Community's LIBRARIES programme.

The aim of ECUP is to increase awareness, among library and information professionals, of the copyright problems raised by the electronic delivery of documents and to discuss possible solutions to these problems with publishers.

Following on from workshops conducted in 14 Member states of the European Union and in Norway, this meeting resulted in a commitment by publishers to participate in the process of creating a model contract on electronic copying.

Library and information professionals at the meeting were of the opinion that on-site use should be free of charge whilst delivery to external users should be paid for by the end user taking into account the principle of fair use. They acknowledged that copyright protects the legitimate rights of the rights owners, but it was stressed that this should not frustrate technical developments or access to information.

Publishers present at the meeting made the following statement: "The electronic delivery of information significantly changes the commercial relationship between publishers and user groups. Electronic uses of copyright material will be facilitated by individual contracts between publishers and user groups, including librarians."

A follow-up meeting will be organized by EBLIDA and a report on the results of the ECUP will be available from the EBLIDA office in The Hague as of September 1995.
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