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The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations is an independent umbrella association of library, information and documentation associations and institutions in Europe.

DSM Directive transposition guidelines for libraries and library associations

25 November 2019



The Hague, 25 November 2019

The guidelines have been created jointly by EBLIDA, IFLA, LIBER and SPARC Europe, and cover 12 of the Articles in the Directive, looking at text and data mining, education, preservation, contracts and technological protection measures, out-of-commerce works, works of visual art in the public domain, press publishers rights and platform liability.


In each case, the guidelines set out what the Article is about, what the new provisions mean, where there is room for flexibility, what a good implementation would look like and suggests improvements that can be made if there is desire to go further.

The guidance is intended purely for the library and research community, and so is not openly available on the internet. In the light of the debate at the European level, discussions nationally may also be hard, and so it is important to be able to use and disclose the ideas and arguments made when it works best for national campaign.  

The guidelines are available from a secure page. Access will be granted to librarians, library associations, academics and research organisations interested in working to promote an implementation of the Directive that delivers a positive result for libraries.

Please provide the relevant information requested on the page so that we can verify your affiliation and interest.

Barbara Stratton
Chair, EBLIDA Expert Group on Information Law



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