A toolkit for licensing has been developed within the framework of the European Commission initiative Licences for Europe in its Working Group on UGC and Licensing for small-scale users of protected material (WG2). This document brings together, for the first time, a range of licensing solutions, which were presented or explained in the context of the Licences for Europe framework, namely:
• Solutions for the identification of rights holders, their agents or other representatives (such as CMOs) from whom permission can be sought;
• Solutions to give users information about licensing and licensing conditions: how the licensing process works and what users can do with a work under a chosen licence;
• Streamlined one-click/click through/accessible and easy pay-per-use transactional systems that make the licensing process quicker and easier.
In addition to the work that has already been done in these three areas, the organisations involved commit themselves to:
1. Promote awareness of the licensing toolkit, set out in Annex A, among their members.
2. Support continued dialogue with users to explore further ways in which their needs can be met via innovative licensing solutions, and which allow the opportunities presented by the digital environment to be realised.
3. Support continued dialogue with the European Commission in order to inform and update it as regards ongoing licensing initiatives, including those set out in the toolkit, as well as exploring possible pan-European dimensions to national initiatives, such as the UK’s Copyright Hub.
4. Where feasible, support the work of initiatives, which aim to develop further internet based solutions for the provision of legal access to and use of text and image based works, such as the Linked Content Coalition (LCC) initiative.
The toolkit, which has been signed by EFJ, EPC, EVA, EWC, FEP, STM and IFRRO, is available here. In addition, ENPA and EMMA supported the toolkit in a separate declaration.