Dutch Royal Library signs agreement with IFRRO members Pictoright and Lira to provide access to cultural heritage

The Dutch Royal Library is collaborating with the IFRRO members Stichting Pictoright and Stichting Lira to launch a website aiming at making content from magazines dating from 1850 to 1940 available to the public (http://tijdschriften.kb.nl/).

More specifically, the Royal Library obtained a licence to provide free online access to articles and illustrations of magazines. Under the licence, other institutions besides the Royal Library are also allowed to share the provided materials for information or research purposes. The spirit of the agreement reflects the plans of the EU to encourage copyright solutions for public online access to cultural heritage, while respecting the interests of rightholders, and shows how collective management organisations and libraries find joint solutions for making content available online.

The joint press release (in Dutch) is here.