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The cultural life of Europe will suffer unless more effort is made to clarify what libraries can do with so-called orphan works, says a study.
The British Library looked into ways to speed up the digitisation of books, journals and other printed materials held by Europe's libraries.
It considered 10 works from every decade between 1870 and 2010.
About 43% of the sample were orphan works suggesting a large part of Europe's media may never go online.