By Jacqueline Clover and Ezra Steinhardt

Yesterday, the European Council issued its final approval for the Orphan Works Directive.  See our previous blog post about the Directive’s approval by the Parliament here.  The Council’s approval marks the last stage in the Directive’s legislative process.

The Directive will now go on to be published in the EU’s Official Journal in the next several weeks;  after that, EU Member States will have two years to implement the Orphan Works Directive into their national laws.