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Updated: 14 JUL 98

Project Number and Title
4000 - European Copyright User Platform
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/ Concerted Action all areas of the workplan January 1996

blue bullet Additional information is available from the ECUP+ web site . (

Concerted Action
This is a concerted action to enhance awareness among information professionals of copyright issues.
Call Topic(s)
This action underpins all areas of the workplan
Project description
The technological developments towards digitization and enhanced electronic services confront libraries with increasing problems with regard to (electronic) copyright. Especially in the field of electronic (delivery) services a library-friendly solution has to be found rapidly. If not, it will frustrate further innovation of library services and will push libraries into a disadvantage position. ECUP+ builds on FP3-funded activities, started in 1993 and which included the establishment of the European Copyright User Platform and its awareness campaign.
The goals of this concerted action are to follow-up the results achieved under the previous ECUP activities and to establish new services to enhance the awareness on copyright amongst information professionals. The concerted action has been organised along four objectives:
  1. to continue discussing library privileges in electronic services and to develop model clauses for licenses for the use of electronic information with rightholders and collecting societies;
  2. to continue making librarians aware of the implications of copyright on electronic services and to introduce the results of the discussions with rightholders and collecting societies;
  3. to establish a focal point for questions on copyright and information on EU legislative developments in this area;
  4. to reinforce the position of libraries in discussions about copyright issues with the appropriate bodies.
Technical approach
During the first 9 months, a total of 4 meetings have been held in different compositions with the rightholders and the collecting societies. In the 9 months following 15 workshops will be given to report the results of these meetings.
The ECUP position paper drawn up after these meetings with all interested parties has been widely disseminated. It has been used as input to the WIPO discussions during the conference in December 1996, and to the directive on copyright exemptions of the EC.
The focal point for copyright questions was set up at the beginning of the contract and started with a discussion list. It also functions as the coordinator and distributor of information on copyright issues coming from the European institutions, WIPO, WTO and the USA Information Infrastructure Task Force. An inventory is made of the most frequently asked questions and the results published. The focal point is linked up with ISPO and other EU services on the WWW. It is also a one-stop shop for licensing issues, relevant publications, events and projects.
The legislative changes agreed on by the Steering Group will be forwarded to the members of EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations) for promotion among the national governments.
A network of national ECUP groups has been set up.
Key issues
The main issues are:
  • the steering group;
  • a WWW server;
  • a moderated list server;
  • National workshops in all Member States;
  • The ECUP position paper.
Impact and expected results
The meetings between the rightholders and the library professionals have contributed to a better understanding and gives grounds for common actions. The workshops in the Member States will raise additional awareness to the workshops already held under the previous contract.The common actions with the rights owners will be introduced as well as the projects adopted under the Libraries Programme.
A focal point on copyright questions has been established. This focal point enables the participants under the Libraries Programme to acquire professional consultation on a subject which is vitally important to the library profession.The focal point will also enhance discussions on copyright issues over the WWW and will function as a one-stop shop for information on international copyright developments.
The activities of the Steering Group will reinforce the position of libraries at a national and an international level.
A workshop on "Electronic Copyright and Digital Licensing" is foreseen on 5/6 November 1998 in Rome.
Documentation is available from the contact below and from .


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations NL - 2504 AH THE HAGUE NL
Title, First Name, Name Ms Emanuella GIAVARRA
Address: Platinaweg 10
Tel: +31-70-30 90 608 Fax: +31-70-30 90 708
E-mail 1: E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
38 Member Associations All EU Member States A

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