January 01 1970Out-of-print books – the arrangement entered its second phase on Saturday 21 September 2013.
From this date, books that had not been subject to a request for withdrawal became subject to collective management.
The arrangement introduced by legislation dated 1 March 2012 does not deprive you of copyright. The exercise of these rights is merely transferred to a collection and distribution society for the digital commercialisation of out-of-print books. You can withdraw from the arrangement at any time. This is why SOFIA offered to manage these rights and protect your interests.
You are author or rights holder
If you have not challenged or withdrawn from the arrangement, your book becomes available for digitisation and hence available to the public in the autumn of 2015, provided a licence has been obtained for its commercialisation.
In the following situations you can at any time challenge the right of SOFIA to exercise its right to authorise the digital commercialisation of your books:
- if you can show that your publishing rights have been reinstated to you by your publisher,
- if you hold digital publishing rights for the out-of-print book.
You are publisher
SOFIA, i.e. by March 2014, third party publishers may request non-exclusive licences for those books that want to commercialise.