Readers of this Blog who also follow the IPKat will be already aware that the Orphan Works Directive (on which see earlier 1709 Blog posts here, here, here, here, here, here ...) has just been published on the Official Journal of the European Union, thus becoming Directive 2012/28/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on certain permitted uses of orphan works. The Directive entered into force on the day following its publication.
If you are wondering what this blogger thinks of the final text, click here.
What will happen next? As required by Article 9, Member States shall transpose the Directive into national laws by 29 October 2014. Almost in parallel with this, not only shall the Commission keep under constant review the development of rights information sources [eg ARROW and VIAF], but by 29 October 2015 (and at annual intervals thereafter) it shall submit a report concerning the possible inclusion in the scope of application of the Directive of publishers and of works or other protected subject-matter not currently included in its scope, and in particular stand-alone photographs and other images.