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  • Staging area for item to be removed when copyright issues arise with publisher. If the copyright issue is confirmed, the item will be permanently deleted or kept in the withdrawn state for future reference.
  • Logical deletion delegated to community/collection admin, where permanent deletion is reserved to system administrators
  • Logical deletion, where permanent deletion is not an option for an organization
  • Removal of an old version of an item, forcing redirect to a new up-to-date version of the item (this use case is not currently implemented out-of-box in DSpace, see )

By design, withdrawing an item is reversible. As an administrator, you can reverse the withdrawing of an item, through the action "reinstate". As a mechanism to support this, a resource policy state "WITHDRAWN_READ" was introduced.