STM Association signs Out of Commerce Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

September 20, 2011

 September 20, 2011.Michael Mabe today signed the Out of Commerce Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Brussels, enabled through a dialogue with libraries facilitated by the European Commission (EC). The MoU recognises that the right to authorise the use of an Out of Commerce work is vested in the copyright holder (authors and publishers) and that voluntary solutions involving collective management are the way forward.  

The signing of the MoU was witnessed by Michel Barnier, EC Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. Representatives of libraries, publishers, authors, creators and representatives of authors, publishers and collective management organisations for text and image based works also signed the MoU today. Mabe, CEO of the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) signed the MoU on behalf of STM’s members. 

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