Tag Archives: public domain

Expropriation from the common heritage

Some context for English speaking readers: on 15 January 2013 the French National Library (BnF) has signed public-private partnerships for the digitizing of 70000 ancient books (up to 1700) and 200,000 78 and 33 rpm sound recordings of patrimonial value. These partnerships, respectively with ProQuest and Believe, grant a 10 years exclusive commercial exploitation right […]

Can public libraries sell or capture the rights of the public?

On 12 May 2011, I participated in the Law and Access to Culture in the Information Society conference organized by Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona. I spoke in a panel with Simon Bell, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Licensing of the British Library and Gloria Pérez-Salmerón, the new Head of the Biblioteca Nacional de España. […]