Directive 2012/28/EU on orphan works was transposed into Maltese law and entered into force on the 7th of November 2014. There are no major differences between the implemented text and the EU directive.
Copyright works - such as books, daily newspapers, image or sound fragments - which are available in institutions accessible to the public, such as libraries, educational institutions, museums - also referred to as 'heritage institutions' - can soon be published on-line more easily. This is evident from a bill by State Secretary Teeven (Security and Justice) and Minister Bussemaker (Education, Culture and Science) which transposes a European directive into Dutch law. The regulations have been submitted to the House of Representatives.
Since the Orphan Works Directive has been transposed in the Netherlands, the exception in the Dutch Copyright Act allows orphan works to be digitised and made public under certain conditions. EYE is one of the 11 film archives in Europe involved in the FORWARD project. Forward aims to create a EU-wide system for establish the rights status of audiovisual works, as well as a registry for orphan films.