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By Archivportal-D

Up until now, objects from archives and other cultural heritage institutions have been digitised primarily when the materials are not (or no longer) subject to property rights as rights-free materials can be used and made accessible largely without restriction and without having to ask rights holders for permission. For some years though, there have been certain legal permissions in copyright law, under the conditions of which works that are not in the public domain may be published within a very narrow framework. Until recently, however, these rules did not permit the online publication of entire works (e.g. monographs or unpublished expert opinions), or only under very narrow conditions.

This has changed in 2021: With the promulgation of the German Act to adapt Copyright Law to the Requirements of the Digital Single Market copyrighted works and even personal documents may now be freely reproduced and placed online by cultural heritage institutions under less strict conditions.

On 1 June 2023, we invite all interested parties and the partner archives of Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and Archivportal-D to an online event that will address these changes:

First, Jörn Brinkhus and Armin Talke explain the (new) regulations. Then Adelheid Heftberger and Sabine Lang describe how and where the new legal permissions are applied in the German Bundesarchiv. Finally, Johanna Collins presents the formal and technical requirements for registration and uploading in the Out-Of-Commerce Works Portal at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

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