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Use of Works

Use of works by other persons is permitted with the authorisation granted by the author or the right holder. Except in the cases when the author's economic rights are restricted (The Copyright Act Chapter IV Free use of works)

Use of works in the National Library collections:

A natural person may make a copy of the work for the purposes of personal use (except notes). The library also makes copies on the order of natural persons.

The National Library does not make copies of works of visual art of limited edition, electronic databases or computer programs.

Digital copies of rare books and archival collections are made only when it does not damage the original document.

Personal devices may be used to make copies (except rare books and archival collections). It is not allowed to use flash when making photos.

Works in the collections of National Library and copies thereof may be used for personal purposes.

You must seek permission from the author to publish the work or communicate the work to the public. The permission is applied for and submitted to the library by a person who wishes to publish a copy of the work or a part of it.


Free use of Works

Copyright in a work arises upon the creation of the work by the author of the work. The term of protection of copyright is life of the author and seventy years after his or her death in the European judicial area.

The work will be in public domain after the term of the protection of copyright. The term of copyright expires on 1 January of the year following the author's death or the year after the publication or creation of the work.

That is why 1 January is referred to as Public Domain Day.


Text and data mining

On 01.01.2017, an amendment to the Copyright Act came into force, which specifies the exception for the free use of a work for research purposes. Copyright Act § 19 section 31 provides for the processing of an object of rights for the purpose of text and data mining.

By the Legal Deposit Copy Act it is permitted to use legal deposits archived in a digital archive for scientific and research purposes, provided that user authorization is guaranteed.