About the Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters
CLM was created to advise IFLA and represents the voice of the international library community in copyright and intellectual property concerns. Further CLM is active in issues relating to
- disputed claims of ownership of library materials
- economic and trade barriers to the acquisition and use of library resources and effective library services
- subscription and license agreements
- a wide range of other legal matters of international significance to libraries and librarianship.
CLM keeps a watching brief on the activities of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and represents IFLA at key WIPO-meetings. The group also has a watching brief on the activities of the World Trade Organization, especially GATS (General Agreement on Trade in Services), and has represented IFLA at key World Trade Organization-meetings. CLM works closely with other regional library organizations with shared interests, such as EBLIDA, to ensure that the concerns of libraries are voiced.
CLM is entirely a volunteer-driven entity. It comprises the chair and members nominated by their national library associations. The current term (2011-2015) of the CLM committee includes members from 26 countries. In addition, CLM relies on a small group of expert resource persons who provide advice in various areas of interest to the community.
Victoria Owen (2011-2013)
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4, CANADA
Last update: 17 December 2012