Thursday, February 8, 2018
Macrez on the French Case: From Orphan Books to Out-of-Print Works (and Vice-Versa) @FranckMacrez @unistra
Franck Macrez, Université de Strasbourg - CEIPI, has published The French Case: From Orphan Books to Out-of-Print Works (and Vice-Versa) as Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) Research Paper no. 2017-14. Here is the abstract.
I must briefly describe the French situation with regards to the problem of orphan works. It has a peculiarity, due to a special law regarding unavailable books of the 20th century, which has been the subject of judicial proceedings before the State Council, the Constitutional Council and the European Union Court of Justice. I must first clarify that when this law was passed in 2012, I severely criticized it. Subsequently, writers asked me for advice and I was responsible for conducting the entire procedure. My criticisms remain personal and conducted in complete freedom: they are not an argument built for a client, for which I have also worked pro bono.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.