13th Conference on Professional Information Resources

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Digital Libraries - Trends, Technologies, Solutions

Session coordinator: Miroslav Bartošek, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Where: 30. 5. 2008, 8.30 - 12.25, New Auditorium

European Digital Library and Copyright Law

Autor: Adéla Faladová, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic



The paper focuses on the European project of the European Digital Library (the “EDL“). The EDL project aims at making Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage (books, films, maps, photographs, music, etc.) accessible through one multilingual internet access point. Within the context of the EDL project, there is a number of copyright-related issues to be resolved – namely a possibility to digitise, making orphan works and out-of-print works available, as well as issues related to the so-called web-harvesting – whilst it is mandatory that all existing national, European, as well as international, legal norms are respected. All copyright-related matters shall be consulted with rightholders and their representatives. The Ministry of Culture has established an informal working group representing interested parties (rightholders, libraries, museums, galleries and archives). A special Copyright Subgroup of the High Level Expert Group has been established by the European Commission. Several recommendations for dealing with copyright-related issues were prepared. Similar questions have been studied by other institutions and non-EU countries.

About author:

Adela Faladova works as Deputy Director of the Copyright Department of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. She has been researching on copyright law since her studies at the Faculty of Law of Charles University. Her diploma paper on publisher’s contracts was published in 1994. She lectures on copyright law at the Industrial Property Training Institute of the Industrial Property Office and she is also a copyright expert of the UK CERGE team for NEEO project (Network of European Economists Online).

Other papers in this session:

Three Stages of Publishing and Archiving Documents

Author: Jan Pokorný, Multidata Praha, Czech Republic


Martin Ledínský, MULTIDATA Praha, Czech Republic

ENRICH - Manuscriptorium in Europe

Author: Stanislav Psohlavec, AiP Beroun s.r.o., Czech Republic

Bringing It on the Screen - the Mass Digitisation Projects in Munich

Author: Thomas Wolf-Klostermann, Bavarian State Library, Germany

Czech Digital Mathematics Library

Author: Miroslav Bartošek, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

The Digital Object: Hidden, Exposed

Author: Stephanie Krueger, ARTstor, USA

DRAMBORA - tool for internal audit of digital repositories (version 2) and relevant information from the carried out audits

Author: Jan Hutař, National Library of the Czech Republic / Charles University - Faculty of Philosophy & Arts, Czech Republic


Andrea Fojtů / Eliška Pavlásková, Charles University, Czech Republic

National Registry of Theses and Plagiarism-Tracing System

Author: Michal Brandejs, Masaryk University, Czech Republic


Jitka Brandejsová, Miroslav Křipač, Jan Kasprzak, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Closing Address

Author: Vladimír Karen, Albertina icome Praha s.r.o., Czech Republic