9 November 2011
New Webpages on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions
IFLA has created a new set of webpages, dedicated to one of the most important policy issues which IFLA is currently dealing with — the issue of copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries.
Copyright exceptions enable libraries to preserve and make available works. In many countries they have been established in the print era and not been updated to meet the needs of the digital age. An updated system is needed to enable libraries to provide users with both historical and new services in pace with ongoing technological changes.
IFLA is working with Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to gain support for a binding international instrument on copyright limitations and exceptions to enable libraries to preserve their collections, support education and research, and lend materials. To demonstrate what is needed, IFLA has produced a Treaty proposal (called ‘TLIB') to guide WIPO's Member States in updating limitations and exceptions for libraries worldwide.
Find out more about limitations and exceptions for libraries and learn what you can do to get involved supporting an international binding instrument that meets the needs of libraries in the 21st century.