The European Commission recently adopted a communication on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy to tackle important cultural and legal issues related to large-scale digitisation of European library collections. The communication addresses issues related to the dissemination of books and the ways researchers and consumers across Europe could gain new access to knowledge. Challenges and their solutions are going to be essential at a time when important digitisation efforts are being engaged, including at the EU level (e.g. http//www.europeana.eu) and sometimes hotly debated, such as in the Google Books Settlement in the United States.
In this regard, the communication addresses the actions that the European Commission will launch in the near future, notably digital preservation and dissemination of scholarly and cultural material and of orphan works, as well as access to knowledge for persons with disabilities.
http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/1544&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/copyright/docs/copyright-infso/20091019_532_en.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/copyright/docs/copyright-infso/application-report_en.pdf

http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/copyright/docs/copyright-infso/greenpaper_en.pdf

http://www.ipr-helpdesk.org/news/news_6751.en.xml.html