As we want to share the knowledge we build, we record all our webinars and make them available on our KR21 YouTube Channel.

Recordings are available from the following webinars:

The empty library? The urgency of solutions to unsustainable eBook markets

This webinar explored the challenges faced by libraries in different parts of Europe in acquiring and giving access to eBooks, how they are advocating for change, and the possibilities under law to find a more sustainable path forwards.


The #ebookSOS campaign in Ireland, by Cathal McCauley – University Librarian, Maynooth University and President of the Library Association of Ireland

Struggling for legally based e-lending, by Barbara Schleihagen – Executive Director, German Library Association

Legal Solutions to the eBook Dilemma: Enabling libraries to act as libraries, by Benjamin White -Chair of LIBER’s Copyright and Legal Matters Working Group, researcher at Bournemouth University’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management

KR21 Programme presentation by Stephen Wyber

Book Digitisation, Online Access and Lending: What Infrastructure is Needed for Success?

This webinar brought together practitioners from the California Institute of Technology, Boston Public Library and Project ReShare, and focused on the library workflows, software and infrastructures involved in digitising books and providing access to patrons. 


How Do We Fix eBook Markets? A Discussion on the Future of Libraries and Authorship

This webinar discussed the eBook crisis libraries, educators and authors face with international thought leaders in the sector. Exploring the many issues that have arisen as collections are increasingly leased and not owned, the session took the form of a wide-ranging interview and discussion with our panelists. See more in our announcement of the webinar


Moderator: Ben White – CIPPM, Bournemouth University

Flexible copyright exceptions 1: The next step for Europe?

This webinar brought together legal scholars from National Chengchi University (Taiwan), King’s College London and Bournemouth University (UK) to focus on flexible copyright exceptions from the perspective of civil law jurisdictions, with a particular focus on Japan, Taiwan and Europe.


  • Professor Emily Hudson – Reader in Law, King’s College London
  • Professor Chung-Lun Shen – Associate Dean and Distinguished Professor at College of Law, National Chenchi University, Taiwan
  • Benjamin White – PhD researcher, Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management, Bournemouth University

Chair: Felix Reda – Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (Society for Civil Rights)

Flexible copyright exceptions 2: What can we in Europe learn from the US?


  • Sara R  Benson JD, LLM, MSLIS – Copyright Librarian and an associate professor at the University of Illinois Library
  • Melissa Levine – Director of the University of Michigan Library’s Copyright Office 
  • Derek Slater – Founding Partner at Proteus Strategies

Enabling the reuse of the scholarly publication: modus operandi et modus desiderandi

In this webinar, you will learn about the preliminary findings of two KR21 projects, Project Zero on secondary publishing rights and Project Retain on rights retention, and how they help pave the way to Open Access. We invite the community of research libraries to open a dialogue among Open Science stakeholders about the options, good practices, lessons learnt, challenges and impact of two legal instruments: Secondary Publishing Rights (SPR) and Rights Retention and Open Licensing. Our expert speakers share valuable insights and real-world examples of how these mechanisms have been applied around Europe.


  • Kyriaki Zoutsou – PhD Candidate, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Project Zero)
  • Jon Treadway – Director, Great North Wood Consulting (Project Retain)

Additional Panelists:

  • Giannis Tsakonas – Director at the Library at the University of Patras & Vice-President of LIBER (Project Zero)
  • Ignasi Labastida i Juan – Rector Delegate for Open Science, University of Barcelona & Chair, SPARC Europe Board (Project Retain)

Chair: Vanessa Proudman – Director, SPARC Europe

Access to Knowledge – A Matter of Equity

Watch this 19 September 2023 webinar to hear about the Knowledge Equity Network (KEN) a new international initiative committed to reducing inequalities through increased access to knowledge. During this event we notably looked at how the Declaration on Knowledge Equity supports the cause for open access to knowledge, linking this in particular to the focus of the work of Knowledge Rights 21 on regulatory reform to benefit education and research.


  • Masud Khokhar – University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection (University of Leeds) and Chair of Research Libraries UK (RLUK)
  • Antonio Martínez-Arboleda – Professor of Open and Digital Education, Knowledge Equity Network and Co-director of the Centre for Digital Research in Education
  • Martine Pronk – Executive Director at LIBER Europe

Moderator: Ben White – KR21

Harmonising Zero Embargo Initiatives: Challenges in Europe and Beyond

This KR21-LIBER webinar held on 14 November 2023 took a deep dive into the prospect of a zero embargo model by:

  • exploring initiatives and barriers to harmonise secondary publishing rights (SPR) legislation;
  • examining how SPR legislation can go from a national to an international level so that publicly funded research output will be shared openly and without any embargo period; and,
  • providing insights on how SPR can enable the immediate access to research findings, the course of action needed to get there, and identify which stakeholders must act.


  • Judy Ruttenberg – Association of Research Libraries | Slides
  • Dr Christina Angelopoulos – University of Cambridge | Slides
  • Mattias Björnmalm – CESAER | Slides
  • Robert Kiley – cOAlition S | Slides

Moderation: Martine Pronk – LIBER

New Legislative Developments in Support of Open Science – Bulgaria and Slovenia

This KR21 webinar held on 29 January 2024 discussed exciting new legislative developments in Bulgaria and Slovenia to support Open Science. We explored the following themes:

  • How intellectual property barriers to open access are being overcome;
  • How good governmental strategy can promote open science;
  • Provide insights into the Slovenian law, which requires immediate open access and licensing of majority publicly funded  materials based on legal requirements mandating rights retention; and,
  • Examine the new law in Bulgaria, which prevents contracts with publishers from overriding rights retention and the republication of publicly funded articles in open access repositories.


  • Dr Ana Lazarova – KR21 coordinator for Bulgaria / Digital Republic | Slides
  • Dr Maja Bogataj Jančič – KR21 coordinator for Slovenia & Western Balkans region / Institute for Open Data and Intellectual Property, ODIPI | Slides

Moderation: Ben White – KR21

Normalising Open Norms? – Findings From the CIPPM Study

This KR21 webinar held on 15 February 2024 discussed the findings from Bournemouth University’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) their exploration into global experiences of adopting open norms for the KR21 programme. A must-watch:

  • To grasp the power and potential of open norms to achieve a wide range of policy goals, from fostering innovation to bolstering the creative industries
  • To reflect on how we can do copyright differently
  • To envisage ways to uphold and strengthen the interests and rights of users


Moderation: Stephen Wyber – KR21

The European eBook Ecology

This KR21 webinar held on 12 April 2024 explored the dynamics around eBooks, gave us insights on eLending (with a focus on Spain), and discussed policy developments in Germany. A must-watch:

  • To understand why authors care about access to eBooks through libraries
  • To learn about the latest eBook research in Spain and its broader implications
  • To get up to speed on where we stand on the ambitions of the German coalition agreement


Moderation: Stephen Wyber – KR21