Participants 2014

Pekka Heikkinen: How could we maximally utilize the opportunities/leeway given to libraries in the present 2001 Infosoc directive?


My name is Pekka Heikkinen. I work as a legal adviser in the National Library of Finland. Copyright is one of the main topics in my work, besides data protection, secrecy/privacy and of course contractual issues. But unlike for example in data protection, in copyright it is usually (with minor exceptions) possible to conclude agreements with the rights holders.

What can we, the libraries that is, offer to rights holders (except money) in exchange for rights?

Of course libraries also lobby through European organisations like LIBER, EBLIDA and CENL, in order to change the law. But this is a challenging road indeed…

See ya,


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