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Open Letter to Ministers at the European Union's Competitiveness Council

IFLA, alongside 63 other civil society and trade associations has co-signed a letter to Ministers attending the European Union’s Competitiveness Council. This initiative seeks to urge decisionmakers to aim for a more ambitious copyright reform that responds to the needs of libraries and their users in Europe.

29 Mayo 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Europe

Marrakesh Ratification in the European Union Has a Sting in the Tail

Progress towards ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty in the European Union has the potential to deliver significantly wider access to knowledge for people with print disabilities, both in Europe and around the world. But to achieve this, national legislation will need to avoid introducing unnecessary 'compensation' provisions which will only harm the institutions, such as libraries and charities, which are working to help.

15 Mayo 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to knowledge, Europe, Marrakesh Treaty

IFLA advocates globally for a better legal framework for libraries at the 34th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

Through the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) offers a platform for discussion among Member States and NGOs at a global level on intellectual property law and how to make it work better. SCCR is, among others, currently focusing on exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives and museums – the derogations from the exclusive rights of authors and publishers which allow libraries to do things such as preservation, reproduction or lending.

9 Mayo 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Libraries and Creative Commons: Realising the Potential to Achieve Shared Goals

Human progress, innovation and creativity depends on being able to access, share and build on existing knowledge and ideas. Libraries have long been at the heart of delivering this. At the Creative Commons Global Summit, held in Toronto on 28-30 April 2017, IFLA discussed how libraries could work with open licensing to continue to achieve these objectives.

2 Mayo 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, Canada

World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April 2017 – Innovation, Improving Lives

Every year on 26 April, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the World Intellectual Property Rights Day. This year in particular, WIPO explores how innovation and progress make lives better, and what more can be done to make sure new technologies reach the people who need them. They are also inviting ideas on the priorities for future innovation through Twitter under the hashtag #WorldIPDay.

26 Abril 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, World Intellectual Property Organisation

Unanimous Support for Access for the Print Disabled: European Parliament Committee Votes on Marrakesh Treaty Ratification

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee sent out a strong signal to the European Union’s Member States last week by voting unanimously for laws which will ensure that people with print disabilities, and those that support them, are not faced with needless and harmful barriers to access to knowledge and culture.

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

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 Febrero 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 Febrero 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 Enero 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 Diciembre 2016 | Law Libraries, Access to information, Digital preservation, Digital resources, Law

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