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The new Copyright Directive: what opportunities for cultural heritage institutions?

Workshop – Friday 20 September 10:00 – 13:30

Executive Business Centre – room EB206

The Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (2019/790) contains important provisions for cultural heritage institution that have not so far received sufficient attention in public debate. In particular, Article 8 introduces a norm that will enable the use of out-of-commerce works on a large scale, either by means of a licensing system administered by Collective Management Organisations, of by effect of a fully-fledged exception to copyright. The norm has a strong impact on cultural institutions engaged in digitisation of their collections and promises to change radically the future of mass-digitisation in Europe.

The workshop brings together academics, policy makers and professionals to address the opportunities and challenges of the implementation of Article 8.

9:30 – 10:00 – Registration

10:00 – 11:00 – The law and policy of mass digitisation in Europe

  • Maurizio Borghi (Bournemouth University) Making friends with copyright law: a long-overdue norm for mass digitisation in Europe
  • Ben White (British Library) The new copyright Directive and the curious genealogy of Article 8
  • Ruth Towse (Bournemouth University) and Trilce Navarrete (Erasmus University Rotterdam) Licensing out-of-commerce works: a perspective from cultural economics

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break

11.30 – 13:15 – The implementation of Article 8

  • Julia Fallon (Europeana) Using pan-European networks to build capacity to support implementation on Article 8
  • Fred Saunderson (National Library of Scotland) Enabling contemporary information at scale: mass digitisation potential in a legal deposit library
  • Melanie Brown (Bournemouth University) Exploring Article 8 in the film archive
  • Andrea Wallace (University of Exeter) Secondary questions to Article 8 implementation: Mass digitisation and open data
  • James Bennett (CLA – Copyright Licensing Agency) Collective licensing of mass digitisation of print-based works: the CLA perspective

13:15 – 13:30 – Concluding remarks

Venue and accommodation

The Executive Business Centre is located in Bournemouth, at 5 minutes walk from the train and bus station. When leaving the station, head to “Town Centre” and “Seafront”. You will see the building on your right (directions here).

Trains from London leave at every hour (.05) and half-past hour (.35) from Waterloo Station, and take about 2 hours (direction: Weymouth or Poole). (See train times and tickets here or here).

If you arrive by car, please ask the organizers to book a parking space for you at the Executive Business Centre. However, please note that parking space is limited.

The lovely seaside resort of Bournemouth offers a broad variety of accommodation. The following are in close range from the Executive Business Centre:

The Miramar Hotel

The Green House Hotel

Ramada Encore Hotel

Best Western Hotel Royale

How to apply

The workshop is free to attend but spaces are limited and registration is required. If you do not attend and have not already registered for the Short course on Digitization and access to cultural heritage collections (Thursday 19), please register via Eventbrite by clicking here:


For more details and for information about the course please email Maurizio Borghi <> or Claudy Op den Kamp <>





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