France: Agreement signed on e-lending in public libraries

An innovative agreement was announced on 8 December in Paris to facilitate e-lending in French public libraries. The agreement was signed by the French Minister of Culture and associations of librarians, booksellers, authors and publishers, including IFRRO’s member Syndicat National de l’Édition (SNE). Twelve recommendations are set out in the agreement in order to make available digital editorial output within and outside the public libraries’ premises while ensuring fair remuneration for rightholders.

In the preamble to the agreement, the exclusive right of authors to authorize the e-lending of their works is acknowledged, and the solutions and initiatives to implement the twelve recommendations are therefore to be developed on a “contractual basis”.

The full text of the agreement with the recommendations is available here (in French)