As part of its strategy to create a Digital Single Market for Europe the European Commission is devoted to modernising EU copyright rules. This is also particularly important for Museums, Libraries and Archives, who want to shape education by creating further access to cultural heritage and information in the digital sector. With the current copyright rules cultural institutions are limited in their abilities to share content online. A move towards updated EU copyright rules could support the work of the cultural heritage sector and make it "an important driver of the European Digital Single Market," says Victor-Jan Vos from Europeana.
Hence, it makes sense to try to influence the outcomes. On that account, an Open Letter was written by Europeana and several heads of major cultural heritage institutions addressed to Commissioner Oettinger, Vice President Ansip and Commissioner Navracsics. The letter points out the impact copyright rules have on museums, libraries and archives and how they restrict the full potential cultural institutions hold as important contributors to the digital sector. The European Parliament recognised the need for change in their evaluation report adopted before the summer. It was directly influenced by the case for change Europeana has been making, thus Europeana "would like to reinforce the report's messages". The signatories asks for copyright rules that allow museums, libraries and archives to fully represent their collections online, while still protecting creators, publishers or other intermediaries and their work.
NEMO is among the signatories of the letter and would like to encourage you to ask your director to add their name to the Open Letter to the Commission on updating EU copyright rules. Widespread support from prominent cultural leaders will greatly strengthen Europeana's ability to influence the Commission's acceptance of copyright change to create better online access to cultural heritage.