The National Library of Sweden signs a memorandum of understanding opening the door for the world’s first agreement on extended licensing governing cross-border remote access

The National Library of Sweden has entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding the principles which will form the basis for an extended collective licence (ECL) agreement with the collective management organisations Copyswede (Sweden) and Kopiosto (Finland) in order to make cross-border remote access possible. This will be the first ECL of its type in the world.

The National Library of Sweden commenced a national pilot program during the year - which was expanded in September through cooperation with Åbo Akademi in Finland  - with the aim of providing researchers and educators with digital access to the National Library’s audio-visual materials and, ultimately, also to its printed materials. This cooperation is unique because the access is intended to occur across borders via remote access and will be based on extended collective licensing agreements.

See the National Library of Sweden press release

Update: see IP Watch article