Copying rights and libraries: a major misunderstanding

Copying rights and libraries appear to be diametrically opposed. Library professionals often frown on the Centre français d'exploitation du droit de copie (CFC), appointed by a law voted on 3 January 1995 to handle the money arising from the right to copy. The author considers that this disapproval springs from a misunderstanding that needs to be resolved. The article lays out the legal and economic facts of the relationship between the CFC and libraries and provides an overview of how rights holders for written material manage the different types of copying of works protected by copyright in various kinds of library.