Boosting new copyright directive for the European cultural heritage institutions

The European Parliament passed a new copyright directive on 26 March 2019 which has some clear benefits on European museums and cultural heritage institutions. The EU Member States have two years to adopt the measures.

With the changes, researchers will be allowed to use copyrighted documents for data-mining, while in-copyright but out-of-commerce artefacts will also be available online. Every European cultural heritage institution will get the right to digitise whole collections, however, it is not obligatory to publish them online. With these directives, the European Parliament aims to boost digitisation and preservation of European cultural heritage.

For further information and the effects of the directive on cultural institutions visit Europeana.