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

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break

11.30 – 13:15 – The implementation of Article 8

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 <>