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Libraries Educate, Copyright Reform can Help

Education is central to the work of libraries, from simply giving access to books to more formal courses on anything from literacy and language to computer skills, creative writing and other subjects. To facilitate this, libraries, schools and other institutions offering education need copyright rules that make it easy to create and use materials for teaching. IFLA, alongside 33 other organisations, has called on the EU to pass reforms that will set an example for this.

13 February 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Education, Europe

IFLA Calls on European Parliament to Get Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Right

There is less than a month to go before a planned vote in the European Parliament on ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty. If this is done correctly, people with print disabilities could enjoy much wider access to knowledge and culture. IFLA continues to maintain the pressure for laws that let libraries maximise the impact of their work here.

7 February 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Europe, Visually impaired, Marrakesh Treaty

Don’t Go Back on the Deal – IFLA, EIFL and EBLIDA call on EU Member States to Deliver on Marrakesh Treaty Ratification

On Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th January, representatives of European governments will discuss draft legislation to implement the Marrakesh Treaty in the European Union (EU). IFLA, alongside EBLIDA and EIFL, calls on Member States to reject amendments that would undermine its potential to help people with print disabilities.

13 January 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Europe, Marrakesh Treaty

Access to Public Legal Information at Risk without Government Action: New IFLA Statement

Access to public legal information is essential if citizens are to understand, engage in, and influence how the decisions that affect them are made. With governments increasingly moving to digital-only provision of laws, regulations and standards, making sure that these are free, trustworthy, and preserved for the future is vital. A new IFLA Statement makes recommendations to this end.

14 December 2016 | Law Libraries, Access to information, Digital preservation, Digital resources, Law

Give Access, Don’t Take it Away – Libraries Take Position on EU Marrakesh Ratification

After close engagement in the negotiation of the Marrakesh Treaty, culminating in its signature in 2013, libraries are now working to realise its promise. As part of its efforts to ensure that implementation matches the ambition of the Treaty, IFLA, alongside EBLIDA, has set out is position on the European Union's proposals for ratification.

13 December 2016 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, Marrakesh Treaty, Visually impaired

Born Digital, Died Young? The Challenges of Cultural Preservation in a Digital Age

Digital technologies have allowed for a richer, more diverse production of ideas and expressions than ever before. However, they also bring challenges as regards the preservation of cultural heritage, recognised as a target under the Sustainable Development goals. Success will require collaboration, not just between libraries, but also with policy-makers and the private sector. The latest Global Information Society Watch includes an article by IFLA setting out the issues.

8 December 2016

IFLA Promotes Library and User Interests at WIPO

IFLA joined a coalition of international and national NGOs at the 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on 14-18 November 2016. While IFLA works to achieve individual reforms at the national and regional level, WIPO is still the most effective place for achieving change which will allow libraries around the world to do their jobs in a digital age.

24 November 2016 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright

Continuing the Fight for Access to Knowledge – IFLA Returns to Geneva

Libraries in too many countries around the world lack the basic laws needed to do the best by their communities. And even where laws exist, they frequently fail to take account of the realities of the digital age. As such, the gap between what our communities expect and what libraries are able to offer is growing. The World Intellectual Property Organisation and its members can help overcome this.

13 November 2016 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, WIPO

Literacy and a Love of Reading Boosted by European Judges’ eBook Decision

Libraries play a crucial role in bringing people to reading. From children’s books to the latest thrillers, they are the safety value in the copyright system that prevents access to culture being the preserve of the better off. But eLending has been surrounded by legal uncertainty for many years. Today, European judges decided that eBooks could indeed be treated as books, but further analysis of the decision will be necessary to understand its implications and limits.

10 November 2016 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, E-Learning, Europe

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