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This report surveys laws regulating the mandatory legal deposit of electronic materials. 15 countries representing different approaches to collecting, describing, preserving, and storing digital and non-print documents and providing access to them are included in the study. Each country survey provides information on the history of e-deposit programs in the country, identifies the national institutions charged with collecting and preserving electronic materials, analyzes the legal framework for depositing digital materials, lists the requirements applicable to publishers of such material, and describes the measures taken to bring e-deposit programs in line with the restrictions established by national copyright laws.

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Comparative Summary (includes a map and timeline)
Australia
Canada
China
Estonia
France
Germany
Israel
Italy
Japan
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
South Korea
Spain
United Kingdom

Prepared by Global Legal Research Directorate Staff
July 2018

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Last Updated: 08/06/2018