IRIS Plus 2004-4: The Protection of Cinematographic Heritage in Europe

Author: Sabina Gorini, Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam

Published: 01/09/2004

Cinematographic films are not purely for entertainment. They are also a valuable record of our times and, above all, an important part of our culture. But does this mean they are systematically preserved in collections like other documentary material and cultural assets? And does it mean members of the public have access to them like to books in a public library or to works of art in a museum?

Not all films are necessarily preserved in collections, nor is their collection necessarily automatic. Property rights and the public interest associated with ensuring films are preserved and readily accessible are aspects that have to be reconciled with each other, either by law or by agreement between the parties involved. This edition of IRIS plus looks at how different countries deal with this problem and what initiatives have been taken in this area at European level.

Below you will have a chance to read about the different deposit systems that have been developed, about film preservation methods, and about the accessibility of deposited works.