Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committee

CLM was created to advise IFLA and represents the voice of the international library community in copyright and other legal concerns. CLM is also active in issues relating to:

  • Economic and legal barriers to the acquisition and use of library resources and effective library services
  • Subscription and license agreements
  • Legal issues relevant to broader access to knowledge, in particular online
  • 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 meetings through its subcommittee on WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). In addition, CLM works closely with other regional library organizations with shared interests, such as eIFLEBLIDA, and LCA to ensure that the concerns of libraries are voiced.

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CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Strategic Programmes

Last update: 1 August 2016

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IFLA Celebrates International Open Access Week

Five years ago IFLA released its current Statement on Open Access, and its contents still stands strong and relevant. IFLA wants to acknowledge the importance of open access for access to knowledge and promote open access by sharing stories from our members during the International Open Access Week 2016.

25 October 2016

IFLA Calls for Copyright Reforms to Support Libraries in Colombia

Colombia is currently planning a major reform of its copyright laws which will impact libraries and their users. IFLA has addressed an open letter to the government, underlining that supporting Colombia’s libraries will promote education, creativity and innovation, as well as helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

24 October 2016

Applying the Right to Be Forgotten: IFLA Publishes Open Letter

With rapidly increasing volumes of information available online, search engines play a vital role in allowing library users to access knowledge. As such, any removeal of results from search queries should be the result of balanced consideration of the various rights in play. Universal application of right to be forgotten decisions, as demanded by the French data protection authority, risks jeopardising this.

24 October 2016

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2016 November

Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights 33 (SCCR 33)

14 – 18 November 2016 (Geneva, Switzerland)

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